Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story National Broadcast Premiere
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)
DATE TIME STATION CITY 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