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An Evening with Nancy Spielberg & Roberta Grossman

Directed by Roberta Grossman

US | 60 minutes | 2017

Polish with English subtitles

Discovered in 1946 and 1950, the thousands of surviving documents of the Oyneg Shabes Archive were housed in underfunded conditions in the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw for decades. Written in Yiddish and Polish and largely untranslated, the Archives remained rather unknown outside of academic circles until 1990 when funding became available to apply modern preservation techniques on the crumbling treasure. In 2013, Indiana University Press and Professor Kassow agreed to option the rights to make a documentary film based on his book to filmmaker Roberta Grossman. Now, 70 years after the hasty burial of the Archives, the voices of the Oyneg Shabes Archive will finally be heard in the documentary Who Will Write Our History, on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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With Steven Spielberg for a brother, it was only natural that producer Nancy Spielberg grew up immersed in filmmaking. An accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, she has recently turned her energy and talents towards producing documentary films. After serving as a consultant on the Oscar-winning documentary, Chernobyl Heart, Nancy produced Above and Beyond, winner of the Audience Award at Miami Jewish Film Festival's 18th annual edition. Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She has written and produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television. Her film, Hava Nagila, was the opening night film at Miami Jewish Film Festival in 2012. Roberta's previous film, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the audience award at 13 film festivals, was broadcast on PBS and nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
Director Roberta Grossman
Countries of Production US
Year of Presentation 2017
Language(s) Polish with English subtitles
Premiere Status Work-In-Progress Preview
Runtime 60 minutes
Principal Cast Joan Allen, Karolina Gruszka, Piotr Glowacki, Jowita Budnik

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