My Dear Children: The Untold Story of the Pogroms (Work in Progress)

Dirs. LeeAnn DanceCliff Hackel
(68 min, United States, 2017)

WJFF is partnering with Docs In Progress® to present this workshop screening. The audience is invited to participate in a moderated feedback session after the screening. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmaker get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film.

Judy Favish’s father would never talk about his past. Twice she saw him cry when stirred to remember. Years after his death, using a letter written by her grandmother as her guide, Judy sets out from South Africa to explore the family’s roots in Ukraine. She finds a world virtually erased of its Jewish past—an erasure that began during her father’s childhood with a humanitarian tragedy that was a harbinger of the Holocaust. It was a tragedy that tore apart her father’s family but made Judy the civil rights activist she is today.


Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Screening followed by an extended Q&A with filmmakers LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel, moderated by Executive Director of Docs In Progress Erica Ginsberg.

LeeAnn Dance is an award winning television producer and groundbreaking investigative reporter who began her career more than 25 years ago. She has worked as a freelancer in East Africa and as a producer with CNN’s investigative and documentary unit. She now has her own boutique production company based outside of Washington, D.C.

Cliff Hackel With over 25 years in the documentary industry, Cliff Hackel has edited five shows that were winners of National News and Documentary Emmy awards. In 2007, as a producer/director/editor, he was awarded a George Foster Peabody award and an Alfred I. DuPont award for CNN’s God’s Warriors, hosted by Christiane Amanpour. His shows have appeared on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, National Geographic Television and Discovery Channel.

Erica Ginsberg is the Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers. Docs In Progress has helped more than 1,000 documentary filmmakers of all ages and experience levels move forward with their work and careers through work-in-progress screenings, training classes, professional development workshops, and various filmmaker services programs. In addition to her work with Docs In Progress, Erica is a co-host of The D-Word, an online documentary filmmaker community with members from around the world. She is herself a documentary filmmaker whose latest film Creative Feds puts a face on people who work for the federal government but who also have a creative calling on the side. She has more than 20 years of experience in program administration in the nonprofit and government sectors, working in the areas of arts and culture, nonprofit management, and international professional exchanges.


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This event finished on May 22, 2017.