Holocaust Memorial Day | Who Will Write Our History
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 95 mins
Director: Roberta Grossman
Cast: Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowacki, Piotr Jankowski
This film is unrated, but please note it contains some disturbing images and stories.
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.
Based on the book by Samuel D. Kassow, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen archival 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.
Who Will Write Our History will screen at hundreds of cinemas and special venues worldwide on Sunday, 27th January, 2019, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Anchor screening events will be held in Washington, DC at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance, Auschwitz-Birkenau on the grounds of the Memorial and Museum, and at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“A vital and sobering documentary” – Variety
“A deeply moving history-behind-the-history.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Grossman’s film should be seen as a necessary introduction to a multitude of stories warranting greater analysis.” – RogerEbert.com