Point Park hosts free screening of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting documentary
Screening is Monday, March 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University will host a screening of the documentary film “Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life” on Monday, March 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Filmmaker Patrice O’Neill, leader of Not in Our Town, which has produced films on community responses to hate, will be present at the event.
The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the George Rowland White Theatre in the University Center, 414 Wood St.
“Pittsburgh has provided a model for what people can do to combat antisemitism and hate,” O’Neill said. “As we watched the events unfold in Pittsburgh, what we found is a community that cared deeply for one another. We saw a diverse cross-section of the community standing together in the face of horrific violence.”
The screening will include a discussion with O’Neill and other special guests. Those interested can register here.
The trial of the accused shooter is scheduled to begin April 24.
“We are honored to work with Patrice and our cosponsors to bring this screening to campus,” said Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation. “As Pittsburgh news outlets prepare to cover the trial, it’s important for all of us to remember and celebrate the resilience of the city and our region.”
Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, a cosponsor of the event, said her organization is thrilled to welcome O’Neill and the Not In Our Town film back to Pittsburgh.
“This film has so much to teach people about the terrible impact of modern antisemitism in the United States, but also what solidarity and allyship looks like,” she said. “And Patrice has been a great ally who brings out some of our community’s best voices.”
The message of how Pittsburgh has dealt with the attack is more important than ever, as antisemitic hate speech and violence continues in the years since the attack, O’Neill said.
“It’s about the whole community and the process of working together in the aftermath of the attack, and what people do to stop the spread of antisemitism and hate,” she said. “Pittsburgh continues to live and breathe the motto that was coined then — we are stronger than hate.” PJC