The Film’s Television Debut Honors the 75th Anniversary Liberation of Auschwitz on January 27
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY. Featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrian Brody, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations (shot on location in Lodz and Warsaw, Poland) to transport audiences inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters.
Premiering to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY debuts SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 3pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel and on Discovery Go. In addition, the film will air on multiple Discovery owned networks around the world.
At a time when hate attacks are at an all-time high, facts are branded as “fake news” and journalism is under attack, WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY, a documentary written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, highlights the extraordinary efforts of a group who defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019, Who Will Write Our History had an unprecedented global theatrical release with 355 organized screenings in 55 countries. In addition, the film had a premiere screening and Facebook Live integrated event at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, with the participation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Birkenau, Poland.
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY screened in more than 75 countries and at prestigious film festivals including the Palm Springs Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival as a Berlinale Special. It received the audience awards at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival and JFilm Festival, and best documentary at the Twin Cities Film Festival.
A New York Times Critics Pick, The Times called it “A bold story of Nazi resistance,” “Immensely important,” and “heartbreaking.” The film reminds us of the courage of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders who fought back against lies and propaganda with paper and pen.
Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WhoWillWriteOurHistory.
Discovery Channel presents WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY. An Abramorama, Katahdin Productions and Match&Spark in Association with ARTE / NDR and Taube Philanthropies, A Film by Roberta Grossman. Based upon the book Who Will Write Our History? by Samuel D. Kassow; written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman; executive producers Nancy Spielberg, Ronald S. Lauder, Al Berg, Ori and Mirit Eisen, Anna Różalska, Philippa Kowarsky; co-producer, editors, Chris Callister and Ondine Rarey; cinematographer, Dyanna Taylor. For Discovery Channel, executive producers Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz.
About Discovery Channel
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Abramorama is the preeminent global theatrical distribution and rights management partner for documentary and music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, and recently launched its music-centric film fund focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries, alongside numerous live integrated special theatrical events. For more information visit www.abramorama.com
About Katahdin Productions
Founded in 2003 by Lisa Thomas, the former CEO and co-founder of Cliff Bar, Inc., Katahdin’s mission is to tell compelling stories – stories that inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. Dedicated to creating high‐quality documentary films, educational materials and media projects, Katahdin productions tackle issues of social, political and historical interest. Since its inception, Katahdin has produced the award‐winning documentary, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2006) 2006, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008), and Hava Nagila, The Movie (2013). Katahdin co-produced Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning and Above and Beyond with producer Nancy’s Spielberg’s Playmount Productions (2014). In 2018, Katahdin premiered the Netflix Original Documentary Seeing Allred about famed women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred at the Sundance Film Festival in competition.
About Playmount Productions
Playmount is the literal translation from German to English of “spiel” and “berg.” Playmount Productions has been in the Spielberg family for more than 50 years. Started by Arnold Spielberg in 1962, it was first used by his son, Steven, for his early productions and is now headed by Arnold’s daughter, producer Nancy Spielberg. Playmount pursues projects with talented writers, directors, and producers to create meaningful and important documentaries and films.
About Polish Co-Production Company Match&Spark
Match&Spark is a production, talent management and packaging company founded in 2015 by Anna Różalska, Tarik Hachoud and Tomasz Rytlewski. Match&Spark produces international features and documentary films. Match&Spark also provides expertise and consulting services on feature projects, TV series and documentary productions, and manages outstanding Eastern European Talent, promoting them internationally.
About Taube Philanthropies
For more than 30 years, Taube Philanthropies has been a leader in supporting diverse educational, research, cultural, community and youth organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Poland, and Israel. Founded by businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube in 1981, and now led by Tad and his wife Dianne Taube, the organization works to ensure that citizens have the freedom and opportunity for advancement of their goals and dreams. taubephilanthropies.org