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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

USA | 81 minutes | 2021

We Burn Like This

Florida Premiere

Writer-director Alana Waksman spent six years developing We Burn Like This to sort through her feelings about her Jewish identity, the inherited effects of historical trauma, and what self-acceptance and self-love looks like. This is a necessary glimpse into how deep such things go, and how little we as humanity have yet to learn from the violence we endure over and over again. A poetic indie drama, the film follows 22-year-old Rae, a descendant of Holocaust survivors who one day is targeted by neo-Nazis in her small town of Billings, Montana. The incident forces her to return home to her mother, where she uncovers the truth about a traumatic childhood accident. Through her journey, she learns to forgive herself, her mother, the broken world, and the tragedy her ancestors faced. Inspired by true events, this coming-of-age story shows the strength needed for survival and healing.

Director's Bio

Directed by Alana Waksman

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Alana Waksman is an Ashkenazi writer, director, producer, and filmmaker, and a first-generation descendant of Holocaust survivors from Poland. She is an alum of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA in Film & Television Production and Connecticut College BA in Theater and English. We Burn Like This is Alana's feature film debut.

Cast and Credits


Alana Waksman


Alana Waksman


B. Rubén Mendoza


Marshall Granger


Madeleine Coghlan, Devery Jacobs, Kate Britton

Film Info






81 minutes


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