Media Arts Program

Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Who Will Write Our History

Written, Produced, and Directed by Roberta Grossman
Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg

Director Roberta Grossman and Director of Photography Dyanna Taylor on set in Poland. Photo credit: Anna Wloch
Preparing documents for burial. Photo credit: Anna Wloch.
Jowita Budnick as Rachel Auerbach in soup kitchen. Photo credit: Anna Wloch.
12:30–1:05pm: Facebook Live Event, Part 1: introductions, speeches, prayer.
1:05–2:43pm: Film screening.
2:48–3:33pm: Facebook Live Event Part 2: panel discussion, Q&A

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman, executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, and shot by Director of Photography Dyanna Taylor, Who Will Write Our History (based on the book by Samuel D. Kassow) mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon—the truth—and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

With narration by Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award nominee Joan Allen.

About the Archive: In 1999, three document collections from Poland were included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register: the masterpieces of Chopin, the scientific works of Copernicus, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive. The Oyneg Shabes Archive is the richest cache of eyewitness accounts to survive the Holocaust. Despite its importance, the archive remains largely unknown outside academic circles. The theatrical release of WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY is about to change that.

About the Global Screening Event: Across the world, on one single day, Sunday, January 27, 2019—International Holocaust Remembrance Day—movie theaters, churches, mosques, synagogues, universities, museums, and community centers will screen WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY. Audiences everywhere will join a post-screening discussion streamed live on Facebook from the evening screening at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.