Two years ago my colleague Cliff Hackel and I released My Dear Children, the first-ever documentary about the anti-Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe following WWI. Unfortunately, it’s a period of history that is little known or understood, despite the fact that pogrom scholars today consider these massacres to be a precursor to the Holocaust just 20 years later. Just after the film’s release, JewishGen hosted a screening of My Dear Children at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. Now this award-winning film is in its second year of distribution to public television stations nationwide through American Public Television and has reached more than 75% of US TV households. Yet we know many still do not know about this piece of history shared by so many. Cliff and I believe this is an important story that needs to be heard loud and wide.
During the lockdown, we are offering a stay-at-home digital download of the film for just $10. The offer will go away when the lockdown lifts.
Just this week, I received this email from someone who discovered the film while doing research on Ancestry.com:
"Thank you for one of the most extraordinary and powerful experiences I have ever had. The film you made is exquisitely done, and as a theatre professional (producer, dramaturg, director) and academic, I have the judgment to see how much craft as well as intelligence was used to shape an important story.
I'm sure many people have said what I’ll say: This is my history about which I knew almost nothing. It means a great deal to me to understand where my family came from, and to consider what it means to be Jewish. My family largely repudiated Judaism and I internalized their disinterest, or perhaps even repugnance. I know I will watch this film many times and will encourage my friends and family to see it as well.” Susan Jonas
To see a 12-minute piece of the film and to get your digital download, follow this link: https://www.mydearchildrendoc.com/screen-the-film/
That page will also link you to the little book that inspired the film.
And if you’re interested and want to get a group together, talk to me about a Zoom Q&A. I know you will have lots of questions after seeing the film, and I hope you find it informative and meaningful.
My Dear Children