ABOUT A TREE OF LIFEIdentity-based Discrimination and Violence • Gun Violence in America • Antisemitism in America • Judaism in America
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 81 & 37 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide | Director: Trish Adlesic | Producers: Trish Adlesic & Susan Margolin
On Saturday, October 27th, 2018, a white supremacist, further radicalized by the political climate at the time, walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue with four semi-automatic assault weapons, shouting “all Jews must die.” He murdered eleven congregants, ranging in age from 54 to 97, as they prayed. A TREE OF LIFE: THE PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING creates a deeply personal, trauma-informed portrait of the survivors, victims, and victims' family members of the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack, and brings into sharp focus the hate-based crisis that threatens our collective safety and the very social fabric of our society. As the first film to document the survivor’s stories and the only documentary with this level of personal access to the survivors and families of the victims, viewers will experience first-hand how the lives of those directly affected have profoundly changed and how the Pittsburgh community and the congregations set out on a path towards healing.