Screening with a Meaning03/15/2018 7pm | Cost: $54 per person Savor Theater: 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
You are invited to the 4th Annual Screening with a Meaning Presented by Vitas Healthcare
“Surviving Skokie” is an intensely personal documentary by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about the provocative events of the 1970s, and a journey with his father to confront long-suppressed memories. Community leader and survivor Aaron Elster says, “The neo-Nazis accomplished something… they were the stimulus of the survivors getting together and saying hey, we’ve got to do something.” Survivors ended their years of silence, became truth-tellers, and spoke out so that their painful stories would not be forgotten.
In “Surviving Skokie,” the filmmaker’s father, Jack Adler—a Polish Holocaust survivor—confronts his own past, returning to Poland with his son to tell the stories of family members who perished in the ghetto and death camps. It is the story of a community’s battle against the voices and gestures of hate, of a quiet village and its once-turbulent history, and of the importance of speaking up and out.
Eli Adler has been a professional cinematographer/director for more than 30 years, winning numerous awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle and two national Emmys, for his work. As a child of a Holocaust survivor, he has led several Holocaust-related films, including “Hope Out of the Ashes” (1985), “Loosening The Grip” (1999), and “One Day In Auschwitz” (2015). He was also a prolific contributor to the Shoah Foundation Interview Program (in the San Francisco Bay Area.)
Eli spent his formative years in Skokie from 1959 until his family moved to nearby Wilmette in 1967. The 2009 dedication of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL and Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich’s article “Memories of the Skokie That Was,” inspired the original blueprint for the lm. “Surviving Skokie” won the 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Favorite Gold Award in the Valley of the Docs category.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Esther Cohen & Marian Sager
EVENT CHAIRS: Ivy Feinstein & Ellen Sredni
MOVIE UNDERWRITER: Vitas Healthcare