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JEWISH FILM SHOWCASE: Raise The Roof

Airs Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Gwozdziec synagogue roof structure installed in the POLIN Museum of the H...

Credit: Courtesy of Maga Starowieyska

Above: The Gwozdziec synagogue roof structure installed in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in "Raise The Roof."

The JEWISH FILM SHOWCASE offers an exciting slate of new feature documentary films telling vibrant stories from around the world.

Curated and presented as a mini film festival, by The National Center for Jewish Film, the showcase presents three award-winning films, each exploring a dynamic story rich in history, art, and culture.

Paraphrasing one of this year's protagonists, "these films reach deep into history and bring something back."

Raise The Roof: Trailer

RAISE THE ROOF - Trailer from Trillium Studios on Vimeo.

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland — the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis — inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the GwoŸdziec synagogue. Aided by a team of 300 artisans and students, the show-stopping building was realized and installed as the centerpiece of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland — the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis — inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the GwoŸdziec synagogue.

Aided by a team of 300 artisans and students, the show-stopping building was realized and installed as the centerpiece of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

This beautifully photographed film, "Raise The Roof," chronicles this ambitious project against the backdrop of the 1000-year history of Jews in Poland.

By the end of the project, they had done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue; they recovered a lost world.

“How often do you get a chance to reach deep into history and bring something back?”Rick Brown.

"[The reconstruction] is a majestic jewel box of a sanctuary, a reminder that the world of the shtetl was not simply a domain of poverty and despair but also a thing of beauty.”The New Republic

AWARDS:

"Raise the Roof" has enjoyed a wildly successful film festival run, screening at more than 150 film festivals and winning six Best Documentary Awards.

  • Best Documentary, Audience Choice Award, New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Seattle Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Audience Choice, Rutgers Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award Jewish Arts Festival, Salt Lake City
  • Best Film Audience Award, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

UP NEXT:

"Ahead Of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber" will air Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV.

The first film of the series, “Carvalho's Journey," aired December 5.

CREDITS:

A production of Trillium Studios. Executive Producer: John Rubin. Producer: Cary Wolinsky. Director and Editor: Yari Wolinsky. Written by Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky. Production Designer: Barbara Wolinsky. Associate Producer: Wiktoria Michałkiewicz. Associate Producer: Rian Brown.

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