"Three Minutes in Poland":
Rescuing Individual Stories; Retrieving Communal Pasts

We are pleased to invite you to the next session of #TJHTalks hosted in cooperation with the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. Our guest speakers, filmmaker Roberta Grossman and author Glenn Kurtz, will explore the role of films in communicating loss, preserving family memory, and transmitting our shared history.

When Glenn Kurtz found a 16mm reel film in his parents’ home, he did not anticipate that it would lead him to write a bestselling book Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, or inspire a movie Three Minutes: A Lengthening, which will debut in movie theaters in 2022. Three minutes of the film, shot during his grandparents’ visit to the family town of Nasielsk (Poland) in 1938, offers a rare glimpse in color into pre-war Jewish life in Poland.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

PST: 11:00 a.m.

CST: 1:00 p.m.

EST: 2:00 p.m.

UK: 7:00 p.m.

CET: 8:00 p.m.

Israel: 9:00 p.m.

Glenn Kurtz is a 2019-2021 Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, Orange, CA, and the recipient of a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. A graduate of Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, Glenn holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature. He has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and is currently on the faculty at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Glenn is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), which was named a “Best Book of 2014” by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio.

Roberta Grossman is an internationally acclaimed writer, director, producer, and a member of the Academy’s Documentary branch. Her films explore various events in Jewish history and dimensions of social justice. Roberta’s credits include, among others, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008) Hava Nagila: The Movie, (2012) and Above and Beyond (2015) and Allred (2018). Her 2018 movie, Who Will Write Our History–executive produced by Nancy Spielberg–became an international box office hit in the documentary genre. In 2020, Roberta Grossman received the Taube Philanthropies Jewish Peoplehood Award for her contributions to Jewish culture and heritage.

This session is organized in partnership with:

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