Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life

Director/producer Patrice O’Neill and producer Charene Zalis (2021 JFI Filmmaker in Residence) expected to attend

Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life, chronicles the tumultuous three years following the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue which took the lives of 11 Jewish congregants in the fall of 2018. Working tirelessly to unpack the aftermath of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history, the documentary features candid and emotional stories from survivors, community members in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and leaders in the city of Pittsburgh. The film focuses not only on the events of the attack but on the powerful ways people of all walks of life can unite to help one another heal and reject the insidious spread of hate. Embodying the spirit of tikkun olam, Repairing the World offers a beautiful redefinition of what it means to be a good neighbor and community member, calling upon all of us to join in this urgent and crucial mission. Grounded in director Patrice O’Neill’s journalistic roots and the excellent work of reporter and field producer, Charene Zalis, a former JFI Filmmaker Resident, Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life, tackles the challenging topics of hate, trauma and the long path toward healing with inspiring determination.

Co-sponsored by Nancy Blachman and David desJardins

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West Coast Premiere