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MONDAY

The only Yiddish talkie ever made in the Soviet Union, The Return of Nathan Becker tells the story of a Russian-Jewish bricklayer who returns home from Depression-era America to a bustling new Soviet Union where Jews are abandoning decrepit shtetls—and their old ways—to build industrial powerhouses and a multiculti nation. Though it contains playful scenes, the rarely seen (and newly resubtitled) 1932 film is mostly on message: The Soviet Union is more dynamic, motivated, and accepting than the United States (Becker even brings an African-American friend with him to the new worker’s paradise). The movie actually was made during a period in which Soviet anti-Semitism was receding, but of course that didn’t last: Both scripter Peretz Markish and star Solomon Mikhoels were subsequently victims of Stalinist purges. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $7.50. (202) 777-3248. (Mark Jenkins)