2 Oct 2013
URI Hillel to Host a Unique Film Event
Academy Award Nominated Best Foreign Film, 2011
with Screenwriter David Shamoon
Wednesday, October 2 at 7 pm
Swan Hall Auditorium
60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
FREE and open to the public
In Darkness is based on a true story. The year is
1943. The scene is Lvov, Poland. Leopold Socha, a
sewer worker and petty thief, one day encounters a
group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the
ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of
the town’s sewers. As the Jews’ money dwindles and
as the enormity of the enterprise seeps deeper into
Socha’s conscience, the film explores all aspects of
their unlikely alliance–their interactions, their deep
misgivings, and their emotional and moral awakenings.
Special Guest David F. Shamoon, Executive Producer and screenwriter of In Darkness
will speak about the people and the filming of this extraordinary, true story. “My main
hope is that Leopold Socha’s example will inspire others as much as it has inspired me.
Like many of the other Righteous, he was no saint, which is what makes this a universal
story. He was just an ordinary man who made some crucial choices that led to
Widely acclaimed, In Darkness was reviewed by
the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the
New York Times; it was nominated for an Oscar; it
has received awards at independent film festivals,
including People’s Choice, Best Film; and has
shown in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and
other major US cities as well as in Toronto,
London, Berlin, Israel, Poland and Japan.
This film is being shown as part of URI Diversity Week 2013. The screening is co-sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center, the Film/Media Program at the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Student Entertainment Committee and the URI Chaplains Association. Funding from the Fela and David Shapell Foundation and the URI Student Affairs Diversity Fund.
For more information contact URI Hillel at 401-874-2740.