Vancouver Jewish Film Festival: Resistance: They Fought Back

Still of the movie Resistance: They fought back!

Still of the movie “Resistance: They fought back!”, © Paula Apsell


With Special Guest: Director and Emmy Award Winner Paula S. Apsell

For decades, the world believed that Jews faced their fate passively during the Holocaust, much like sheep going to the slaughter. This ambitious and groundbreaking film unveils a different story, shedding light on the heroic stories of Jews who actively resisted their oppressors. They engaged in over 60 armed uprisings in ghettos, 25 within concentration and slave labour camps, numbered in the thousands among partisan units in the forests of Europe, and joined in non-violent resistance campaigns against the Nazis.

Resistance: They Fought Back travels to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, and the U.S. to illuminate the forgotten, and largely unknown, stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust — and honours the fighters' soulful bravery and leadership. Through interviews with historians, survivors, and their families, the film belies a long-held myth and shines a new light on a lost chapter of history.

Special guest, Director Paula Apsell, is a widely sought-after speaker, moderator and lecturer at universities, film and science festivals such as Sundance, the Aspen Ideas festivals, and conferences such as TEDx.

She was the senior executive producer of the PBS NOVA science series. During her tenure, NOVA won every major broadcasting award, including the Emmy, the Peabody, and an Academy Award nomination. In 2018, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Date & time: Sunday March 3rd | 2:00pm
Venue: Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre | 950 W 41st Ave | Vancouver, BC | V5Z 2N7

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