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Partisans of Vilna

Color and B&W, 130 min + extras, in English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

An enormously riveting and inspirational tale of World War II and the Holocaust, Partisans of Vilna:  The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during World War II chronicles the amazing endeavors of the Jewish resistance fighters. Highly acclaimed during its theatrical run, the film has been described as "a stirring, extremely honest and heart rending celebration" (New York Magazine).

Co-written by director Josh Waletzky (Image Before My Eyes) and producer Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg), PARTISANS OF VILNA skillfully blends songs, newsreels and archival footage with interviews of over forty Holocaust survivors to paint an eye-opening portrait of the courageous Jewish resistance in Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. Recounting how a commando unit was formed under tremendous risk to conduct sabotage missions against the Nazis, the film explores the moral dilemmas facing the Jewish youth who organized an underground resistance in the Vilna Ghetto and fought as partisans in the woods against the Third Reich.

More than just a record of great historical importance, PARTISANS OF VILNA is an intensely stirring and uplifting commemoration of heroes during the darkest of times. ($29.95)

DVD Features Include:
Bonus CD and Songbook with Lyrics in English and Yiddish: PARTISANS OF VILNA: THE SONGS OF WWII JEWISH RESISTANCE; Study Guide with Historical Background and Key Questions for Discussion; Two Filmmaker Commentaries with Director Josh Waletzky and Producer Aviva Kempner; Exclusive Photo Gallery; Filmmaker Biographies and Statement; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Review comments:

"You’ll know you are watching heroes. Their courage is unmistakable."
- New York Times

"Rich, poignant, terrifying and ennobling"
- Los Angeles Times

"Enlightening, truthful, challenging, of the best and most eloquent documentaries on the suffering and dilemmas Jews faced."
- Elie Wiesel

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