Screening: In Darkness

2 Oct 2013

Harrington School-Wide

 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

extraordinary deeds.”

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.