Rafting to Bombay is the story of how five year old Nahum Laufer and his mother Hannah escaped the Nazis in Poland, crossed Europe by train and sailed on a raft on the Tigris River until they reached India – the fascinating and exotic land of elephants, monkeys and Rajas. But Nahum’s childhood experience which is remembered as an enchanting fantasy was in reality a chilling story of a last minute escape. Thirty years ago, Hannah’s grandson Erez Laufer filmed his grandmother recounting the story of her escape, just before she passed away.
Then, in November 2008, while filming his father revisiting his childhood city, the family find themselves caught in the worst terror attack in the history of Mumbai. A childhood friend, Sam Marshall who escaped from the Taj Hotel at the last minute, brings the horrific news of the events at Chabad House.
This documentary spans three generations, grandmother, son and grandson, telling one story. Past and present collide, as the family history is echoed in a contemporary war, and a little known story emerges of the Jewish refugees who found a safe haven in India during World War II.
Margery Cohen will be introducing the film and sharing parts of conversations she has had with Nahum Laufer (the protagonist in the documentary).
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All showings will start at 8.15pm