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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

A Tree of Life


Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2021
Running Time 79 MIN
Language English
Director Trish Adlesic

Tagged In The Following Film Lists



A "harrowing, heartsick, and utterly vital new film.” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)

Official Selection, DOCNYC

On Shabbat morning, October 27, 2018, a white supremacist opened fire and killed eleven people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. Academy Award nominated, Emmy-winning director Trish Adlesic examines this horrific attack, exploring what led to it, what took place and its ongoing impact. Survivors recount their harrowing experiences and families of victims discuss how their lives have changed. Interviews with experts highlight how the political climate saw an increase in hate-based crimes leading to the attack and discuss what needs to happen to prevent future attacks.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Trish Adlesic, Producer Susan Margolin and Film participants Brad Orsini and Ellen Surloff
Co-presented With
Reviews - “A deeply personal portrait of the survivors, victims, and the victims' family members of the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack, and brings into sharp focus the hate-based crisis that threatens our collective safety and democracy.” - Broadway World
- “A Tree of Life is a must-watch documentary” - Solzy at the Movies
- ‘It’s a film that shows how the misplaced hatred can grow and fester and when pushed by a demagogue such as the former president can turn deadly.” - Unseen Films