“Raise the Roof” Film Screening- Free and Open to the Public!
Join the Arts Council of Princeton in our Solley Theater for a free screening of Raise the Roof. This uplifting film captures the journey of Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio as they reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue, an 18th century structure that rivals the greatest wooden architecture in history.
Filmmakers Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky, also an award-winning National Geographic photographer, go behind the scenes to reveal the Browns’ decade-long endeavor to recreate a nearly lost piece of Polish Jewish history. This briskly paced detective tale examines how the synagogue was built, who built it, and why. With the Browns leading more than 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the film captures the echoes of World War II while revealing an optimistic and creative time in Jewish history that has been lost. At one time, there were some 200 wooden synagogues across the Polish-Lithuanian countryside. None survived destruction during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
Refreshments to follow film screening.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Joshua Zinder Architecture and Design
Kirsten Thoft Architect
Material Design Build, LLC
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