Dir. Adam Zucker (83min, Poland/USA, 2014)
English and Polish with English Subtitles
Mid-Atlantic Premiere 

Before WWII, Poland’s 3.5 million Jews made the country the epicenter of the Jewish world. Today, less than 20,000 Jews live there. Due to the Holocaust and ensuing Soviet era, Poland’s remaining Jews hid their identity from their children. With the fall of Communism, a young generation of Jews began learning their long-buried ancestry.

The Return focuses on four women in their 20s who face the unique challenge of trying to create an identity in a vacuum, with little knowledge of their heritage. The Return depicts their valiant efforts at creating a new, authentic Jewish community in a country still regarded in the U.S. as the “Jewish graveyard.”

Co-presented by The Documentary Center at GWU and Next Dor DC

Saturday, February 21, 2:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


Sunday, March 1, 2:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

Speaker & Events

Q&A with Adam Zucker will follow the screening on February 21.


Adam Zucker’s most recent film, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth (2007). screened at over 35 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and received the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Rome International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Dead Center Film Festival. In addition, the film’s Audience Engagement effort, The Closer to the Truth Project, is facilitating the film’s use as a catalyst for change in communities across the U.S..

Adam has edited numerous award-winning documentaries. Edited projects include Rory Kennedy’s American Hollow (Sundance Film Festival and HBO) and Homestead Steel Strike (History Channel, Ten Days That Changed America series), Michael Kantor’s Broadway: The American Musical (PBS), Madison Davis Lacy’s Richard Wright: Black Boy (PBS), Ken Burns and Steve Ives’ The West (PBS), Dori Berinstein’s Show Business (Tribeca Film Festival and Showtime) and Josef Astor’s Lost Bohemia.