Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story National Broadcast Premiere

March 28, 2011

NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On Sunday, April 3rd, PBS affiliate stations will begin a month long, coast-to-coast series of broadcasts of Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story, narrated by Richard Gere and based on the memoir by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Love In A World of Sorrow. The airing of this film – in cities including: Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York, Albuquerque, Chicago, and Los Angeles – will lead into Holocaust Memorial Day, which is May 2nd, and continue being shown for two weeks beyond.

Teenage Witness is a raw, emotional look at survival through an unfiltered narrative lens. Only through the kindness of a Polish peasant did Fanya and her family survive – hidden beneath a chicken coop with her parents and brother for two and a half years. Fanya’s story resonates with the extremes of fear, starvation and a remarkable tenacity of spirit even as death is slowly seeping in against life.

We learn about Fanya’s relationship with a Ukrainian soldier (a Nazi collaborator) who also helped to save her family from certain death. And how, in the end, this relationship leaves Fanya with questions she continues to struggle with to this day.

Mrs. Fanya Heller, an 86 year old Holocaust survivor, has made it her life’s work to share her unique story with inner city teenagers who sympathize with her as they share parallels in their own lives. They understand the choices that she was forced to make and relate to the unexpected love she found in the midst of horror and chaos.

Since the publication of her book in 1993, Fanya has dedicated her life to spreading her message of hope to audiences young and old.

“What is most important to me about making this film,” says Fanya, “is that this is another medium of reaching people – particularly the younger generations – who must be exposed to lessons in courage and tolerance, as well as to the dangers of prejudice and baseless hatred.”

As the survivor population grows older, with most in their seventies, eighties, and beyond, there is an urgent need for their stories to be shared so that people will never forget what happened. The atrocities of the Holocaust happened more than sixty years ago, but the lessons are just as relevant today.

Teenage Witness, produced by On Screen Entertainment, is the recipient of the Silver Telly Award and has also received the Park City Film Music Festival’s Jury Choice Gold Medal for Excellence.

Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story, airs on the growing list of PBS affiliate stations below.

To arrange for interviews with Mrs. Heller, please call 212-489-0600.

                          Teenage Witness Broadcast Schedule
                        (Additional Broadcast Dates To Follow)

    April 3  10:00 pm WPTO    Cincinnati
    April 3  10:00 pm KET2    Louisville
    April 4  8:00 pm  KVCR    Los Angeles
    April 9  9:00 pm  KUEN    Salt Lake City
    April 10 12:00 am WMVS    Milwaukee
    April 10 10:00 pm WNET    New York
    April 10 10:00 pm WPBA    Atlanta
    April 11 8:00 pm  KVIE    Sacramento
    April 11 11:00 pm KETC    St. Louis
    April 11 11:00 pm OPB     Portland
    April 11 9:00 pm  KENW    Albuquerque
    April 12 10:00 pm KENW    Albuquerque
    April 13 2:00 am  KENW    Albuquerque
    April 13 7:00 pm  KBTC    Seattle
    April 13 10:00 pm CPTV    Hartford
    April 13 10:00 pm WPTO    Cincinnati
    April 13 6:00 am  KENW    Albuquerque
    April 13 12:00 pm KENW    Albuquerque
    April 13 10:00 pm KET2    Louisville
    April 14 9:00 pm  WLVT    Philadelphia
    April 14 10:00 pm WJCT    Jacksonville
    April 15 11:00 pm WEDU    Tampa
    April 17 11:00 pm CET     Cincinnati
    April 19 10:00 pm KOCE    Los Angeles
    April 24 10:00 pm WNED    Buffalo
    April 25 3:00 am  WNED    Buffalo
    April 25 9:00 pm  KRCB    San Francisco
    April 25 10:00 pm WLIWDT  New York
    April 25 11:00 pm WGVA    Grand Rapids
    April 27 11:00 pm KQED    San Francisco
    April 28 4:00 am  WGVA    Grand Rapids
    April 30 12:30 am NHPTV   Boston
    April 30 5:00 pm  WLIWDT  New York
    April 30 9:00 pm  WTTW    Chicago
    April 30 12:30 am NHPTV   Boston

    May 1    5:00 pm  WTVS    Detroit
    May 11   11:00 pm MPT     Baltimore

SOURCE Fanya Gottesfeld Heller

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