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Chai Tea Film Event: Who Will Write Our History

Screening Information

Toronto Premiere

Film Details

Countries Poland, USA
Year 2018
Running Time 94 MIN
Languages English Polish Yiddish
Subtitles English
Director Roberta Grossman

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“Which side of the story becomes the official narrative? Whose accounts do we elevate to the level of ‘truth,’ and whose do we ignore or even bury? What is real, and what is fake? These are top-of-mind questions in 2018. They also preoccupied a courageous group of resistance fighters imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II.” (Filmmaker Roberta Grossman, Above and Beyond, Hava Nagila: The Movie)

Roberta Grossman brings to life “arguably, the most important Holocaust story never told.” (Tablet) 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. 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. Based on the acclaimed book by Samuel Kassow, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations.

Followed by a Q & A with author Dr. Samuel Kassow


(Rush tickets will be available at door, subject to availability. Cash only at door)

Presentation Details

Date Sunday, October 21
Screening Start Times 12:30PM & 4:00PM
Location Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway stn.)
Tickets $16
Advance Tickets Available online using "BUY TICKETS NOW" link above or by phone at 416-324-9121
Coffee and Tea served in-theatre prior to screening start times
Lead Sponsor ShaRna Foundation
Event Sponsors Toronto Workmen's Circle Foundation
Elaine & MIchael Lipton
Guest Travel Provided By Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto