For Labor Day, September 3, 2007, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will be holding a special double-feature screening of films directed by Joshua Waletzky. First will be Image Before My Eyes (1981), based on the book by Dr. Lucjan Dobroszycki. The documentary takes a broad look at the vibrant Jewish community in Poland between the two World Wars.

Following Image Before My Eyes will be a screening of Partisans of Vilna (1986), produced and co-wrote by Washington, DC filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who will introduce the film. Featuring a grammy-nominated soundtrack and rare archival film footage, Partisans tells the story of the men and women who formed the resistance movement in the Vilna, Lithuania ghetto during World War II. The film also features interviews with 40 partisan survivors, including Abba Kovner, a founder of the partisan movement and one of Israel’s leading poets.

The event will begin at 1:00 pm and is free of charge. The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW

Aviva Kempner

Filmmaker
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