“Who Will Write Our History”, the groundbreaking film chronicling life in the Warsaw Ghetto that is being presented Sunday, 7 pm, November 4 on the Main Stage of the Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts.Those purchasing VIP tickets at $50 will have access to both designated reserved seating and a pre-show reception at 6 pm with Producer/Director Roberta Grossman, also at Thalian Hall.
VIP tickets are available only until November 1 through the Thalian Hall Box Office (910-632-2285) or the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival website at www.wilmingtonjff.org. General admission tickets are $15, $10 for students with ID and active military personnel. Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker who is well-known for her 2014 film: Above and Beyond about the Jewish-American WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. Most recently, Grossman teamed with Sophie Sartain to co-direct the Netflix documentary Seeing Allred, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with the United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, is presenting this epic film event. Grossman will personally introduce the film and host a Q&A after the movie moderated by UNCW Professor Jarrod Tanny.
Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg, (Steven Spielberg’s sister) is the driving force behind Who Will Write Our History, touted by filmmaker Grossman as “the most important Holocaust story never told.” It is based on the book Who Will Write Our History: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto, by Trinity College (CT) Professor Samuel Kassow. Copies of the book will be available at the movie for purchase through Pomegranate Books of Wilmington, NC, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival.
The movie is set initially 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 (Yiddish for Joy of the Sabbath), 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.