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Plays in Shorts Program: One-of-a-Kind
Friday, June 14
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Eaton Cinema

1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005



Maya Erdelyi


Marga Varea


Monica Cohen, Daniel Rowe


Veronica Frame, John Frame, Maya Erdelyi

Interweaving Super-8 family films, archival material, and experimental animation, a granddaughter takes a deep dive into the remarkable life of her indomitable grandmother—a writer, WWII refugee, and Holocaust survivor. Anyuka (Hungarian for “mother”) explores intergenerational trauma, the Jewish diaspora, immigration, motherhood, and religious identity—to tell the story of a tragic and marvelous life across generations and continents.

Director, Anyuka

Maya Erdelyi is an award-winning animator and artist. Her works span experimental animation, installation, drawing, printmaking, and experiments in social practice. Screenings and shows include national and international film festivals, galleries, museums, and artist-run venues, including Lincoln Center, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, REDCAT Los Angeles, Harvard Film Archives, Animation Block Party, and Boston Center for the Arts, among others. She recently presented a solo show at Trustman Gallery at Simmons University ( 2022), hosted artist workshops at the ICA Boston ( 2022), and held a Yaddo Residency (2019). Maya is represented by Room 68 in Provincetown, MA. Her work is in the collection of Google, Hotel Studio Allston, Isenberg Projects, and numerous private collections. Maya is a Colombian/Hungarian first-generation American. Born and raised bilingually in New York City, she is based in Boston, where she teaches animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and lectures at numerous universities. Maya holds an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts and first studied animation at Harvard University. She lives with her husband, an animator, and their daughter Paloma and is always working on some kind of experiment.