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Film Screening: Who Will Write Our History (2018)

Poster for Who Will Write Our History.

Friday, October 7 / 10:00 – 11:35 am & 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
In Person with Online Option / This Event is Free and Open to the Public

In-Person Film Screening: 10:00 – 11:35 am (Room ASB-135)
There will be options available to view from home at your convenience

Discussion with Director Grossman via WebEx: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Participate in-person in room ASB-135 or join via WebEx. Register to Join the Discussion Online (Only) WebEx is an application like Zoom. (Download WebEx for free.)

Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived. The film is based on the book of the same name by historian Samuel Kassow (via IMDB).

An award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman wrote, produced and directed Who Will Write Our History, about Emanuel Ringelblum and the secret archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, co-produced by Arte and NDR. In 2018, Grossman co-directed and produced the Netflix Original Documentary Seeing Allred, about the women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Grossman’s 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song Hava Nagila as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Grossman’s 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won the audience award at 13 Jewish film festivals. Grossman directed Above and Beyond (2014), for producer Nancy Spielberg, about the American–Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. Grossman also produced the NEH supported Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which aired on PBS/American Masters in August 2014. Grossman was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her film Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on PBS in 2005 (via Katahdin Productions).

Co-Sponsored by Hillel of Northern New Jersey.

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