Please join the Vilna for an evening of nosh, conversation, and intellect. The evening starts at 5:30pm over light nosh at Hops N Scotch (1306 Beacon Street, Brookline). At 7:00pm, we will join the Boston Jewish Film Festival for a speical screening of Who Will Write Our History at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (290 Harvard St., Brookline). The evening will conclude with a conversation with the Vilna's Executive Director, Barnet Kessel, and film director Roberta Grossman. Film run time is 95 minutes.
Ticket includes light nosh at Hops N Scotch and admission to the film and conversation. A cash bar is available for drinks.
In 1940, days after the Nazis sealed the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of community leaders called the Oyneg Shabes decided to collect pictures and testimonies, burying them before their deportations. This film, created by Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg (the team behind Above and Beyond, BJFF 2014) brings the Oyneg Shabes archive to life, through interviews and rarely seen footage.
In partnership with the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Screening as part of the Cummings Social Justice Film Series
About the Vilna's Downtown Social Club:
The Downtown Social Club is an opportunity for those between young adult and senior citizen to meet new downtown friends with common interests, spark great conversation, and engage with the Vilna.
About Roberta Grossman
Roberta is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice who has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. She is the executive producer of the nonprofit production company Katahdin Productions, is a three-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a panelist for the WGA Documentary Screenplay Awards. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in honors in history, and she received an M.A. in film from the American Film Institute. Grossman’s recent work includes Seeing Allred, about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, Above and Beyond, about the American–Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in 1948, and Hava Nagila (The Movie), which won the audience award at more than 20 film festivals worldwide. Grossman is currently producing All This Life: The Many Worlds of Roman Vishniac.