'Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story' National Broadcast Premiere

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March 28th, 2011

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Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story National Broadcast Premiere
Acclaimed Author, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Shares Her Victory of Life Over Death

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 byRichard 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

 

 
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