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In observance of Jewish American Heritage Month, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air documentaries throughout the month of May exploring the diverse facets of Jewish history and contemporary culture. The documentaries range from 60-90 minutes in duration and include new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentaries as well as recent award-winning works by independent filmmakers from the United States and Israel. 

The Foundation is honored to support this programming.


Dead Reckoning: War, Crime and Justice from World War II to the War on Terror (PBS in association with WNET, 2017) - An unprecedented three-part series examining the evolution of postwar justice in investigating genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities, and in prosecuting the perpetrators. The series looks at how laws and mechanisms for international justice were created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, the obstruction of postwar justice during the Cold War, the rise of sexual violence against civilians and the revitalization of postwar justice over the past two decades in several conflict zones. 
A three part series, airing at 12PM on May 7th, 14th & 21st 

The Last Laugh (Directed by Ferne Pearlstein, 2016) - Featuring well-known Jewish comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Carl Reiner, The Last Laugh explores the provocative question of whether any topic - include the Holocaust - should be off-limits in comedy. The film was an official selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Airing May 8th at 10PM

Holocaust Escape Tunnel (NOVA, 2017) - In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists - including researchers from the University of Hartford - probe the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape.
Airing May 15th at 10PM

Forever Pure (Directed by Maya Zinshtein, 2016) - See what happened when two Muslim players joined Israel's most popular and controversial soccer team. Through the story of one tumultuous season in the life of this famed club, the film offers a dramatic window into modern Israeli society. This film was featured at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. 
Airing May 15th at 11PM

Harvesting Stones: The Jewish Farmers of Eastern Connecticut (Directed by Jerry Fischer and Frank Borres, 2016) - This film explores the Jewish agricultural revival that occurred in Eastern Connecticut beginning in the 1890's. Financed initially by German-Jewish philanthropist Baron de Hirsch, farms were established by refugees of anti-Jewish pogroms in czarist Russia, and later repopulated by survivors of the Holocaust.
Airing May 25th at 8PM

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