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Sunday, May 30 • 10:00am - 11:10am
Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story

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It's 1941. While Nazi's cheer, tiny villages throughout Eastern Europe are being overrun by the SS, the German Army. Caught in the middle of this horror is Fanya Gottesfeld (Heller), a 15-year old teenager. Today at 83, Fanya shares the details of her ordeal with inner city teens. They understand the choices she was forced to make and they can relate to the unexpected love she found in the midst of chaos and horror. Fanya's story is unique in that she does not tell the preferred narrative, Instead she gives a raw and emotional account of her relationship with a Ukrainian solider (a Nazi collaborator) who saves the family from certain death. But in the end, this relationship leaves Fanya with questions she continues to struggle with today. At 83, Fanya contemplates a return to her hometown of Skala, in present day Ukraine, accompanied by Father Patrick Desbois. Father Desbois is a French Catholic priest who has has identified more than 600 common graves of Jews, most of them previously unknown. The film follows Fanya as she wrestles with the past and focuses on the importance of her work today. It is a raw and emotional look at survival through an unfiltered lens.


Sunday May 30, 2010 10:00am - 11:10am
Doral Ballroom 4400 N.W. 87 Avenue, Doral Florida 33178 USA