God Wears My Underwear
A film by Leslie
Streit — Produced by Robin Elaine McCain & Leslie Streit
- Women of the Epstein family. in their underwear 15-17 December, 1941 near Liepaja, Latvia - photo by SS Oberscharfuhrer Carl Strott.
Credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Zentrale Stelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen (Bundesarchiv)
This film ties
the Jewish Holocaust in the 1940’s to the genocide in Tibet in the
1950’s. It raises issues of sexual identity, reincarnation, human and
moral responsibility, universal experiences of the 20th century.
Our lead character, Lavinia has been haunted all of her life by
dreams about people and places she has never experienced. As she stands
waiting for a train, she sees her childhood and ponders her confusion
about her own sexuality.
her years in psychoanalysis. Under hypnosis, she recalls a past life
Tibetan Buddhist monk, visiting Berlin in
The monk, Brother Eo, did nothing to help friends and colleagues as the brutality
of the Nazis began to unfold. Realizing his mistake, he returned to Tibet
only to be among those massacred a few years later by the invading Chinese
Communists. But death did not cleanse guilt. Instead he reincarnates as Lavinia
and it continues into another lifetime.