The West Virginia Jewish Film Festival returns Sunday afternoon to Park Place Cinemas in Charleston with a slate of films, including “Who Will Write Our History.”
Directed by Roberta Grossman and based on the book by Samuel Kassow, the documentary tells the true story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, a secret archive created in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.
The archive documented how the Jews of the ghetto died, but also their day-to-day lives, and was buried in various secret locations to protect it from the Nazis and pass the story along to future generations.
Completed during the summer of 2018, “Who Will Write Our History” was put into limited release Jan. 20 and is being presented as part of the film festival through Nancy Spielberg, sister of director Steven Spielberg, who served as an executive producer on the film.
Nancy Spielberg was a guest of the West Virginia Jewish Film Festival in 2015, when she presented the film “Above and Beyond.”
Outside of West Virginia, the film has been shown at numerous film festivals.
The film was narrated by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Allen.
The film is unrated, but the film festival warns that “such a detailed description of the Holocaust may not be for everyone.”
Prior to the screening of “Who Will Write Our History,” the film festival will also screen a collection of international films including “Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion,” “Yidlife Crisis: The Double Date” and “Open Your Eyes,” among others.
Presented by the Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, the West Virginia Jewish Film Festival begins with the short films at 2 p.m., followed by “Who Will Write Our Story” at 3:30 p.m.
All films are free of charge.