"It's too late to turn our back on what we know is happening."-Waitstill Sharp
Portsmouth, NH (PRWEB) October 29, 2013
The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth has just announced its Film Matters program for the month of November. The series, which features a once a month/one night only screening of a compelling documentary paired with a conversation led by the filmmaker or local topic experts, will show Two Who Dared: The Sharps War. The documentary tells the story of a Massachusetts Unitarian minister and his wife who travelled to Nazi Germany in the late 1930s to save imperiled refugees. The documentary and conversation will take place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater Sunday November 10, 2013, the same date as the 1938 Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), in affiliation with No Limits Media and the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.
About the Documentary
Two Who Dared is the previously untold story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife, who left their young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save imperiled refugees being persecuted in Europe, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. Fourteen-year-old Artemis Joukowsky had no idea the heroic role his family played during World War II until he began to interview his grandparents, Martha and Waitstill Sharp, for a homework assignment on moral courage. Flash forward a few decades, and the documentary based on their humble recounting of the story, Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, a film that was ten years in the making, is now being released through a worldwide grassroots effort. For more information, visit http://www.twowhodared.com
Historical Background: Kristallnacht
The showing falls on the commemorative date of Kristallnacht (“Night of Crystal"), often called “Night of Broken Glass,” referring to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938 throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.
According to Chris Curtis, Music Hall Programming Coordinator, “At this event we turn back to this tragic moment in history to remember not only its horrors but the people who survived and the people who stood up against the inhumanities that were occurring. As part of this memorial event the filmmaker, Artemis Joukowsky III,will be in attendance to introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion.
About the Director
Artemis Joukowsky III, Director and Co-Producer, is a non-profit activist, film producer, and venture capitalist. Since 2000, Joukowsky has overseen and managed all aspects of the Two Who Dared Film Project and the Sharp Education Project. This includes the documentary film, the Sharp Archives at the United States Holocaust Museum and Brown University, and the educational curriculum developed by Facing History and Ourselves. He is currently writing a book about the Sharps, with the same title. Director and grandson of the Sharps, he is proud to present this remarkable story of courage, documenting the lives of Reverend Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha. Told from their personal point of view, the film draws on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and also includes interviews with rescued children and noted scholars.
About No Limits Media
Founded in 2001, this 501 (c) (3) nonprofit is a multimedia development and production company dedicated to informing and entertaining the estimated 20% of the U.S. population that directly lives with a disability. To learn more please visit http://www.nolimitsmedia.org
About the Jewish Federation of NH
The Jewish Federation of New Hampshire promotes Jewish continuity by enhancing and expanding a connected a vibrant Jewish community in New Hampshire, Israel and around the world.
Tickets are $10 Adults, $8 Seniors 60+, Students and Military and are available at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 436-2400 or http://www.themusichall.org
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