On February 5th following the 1:30pm screening, Howard Gordon of 24 Homeland will join Eva Anisko, producer of REMEMBER THIS for a Q&A.
On February 5th, following the 4:30pm screening, Jon Kean, President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will moderate a post screening discussion with Rabbi, Writer & Professor Michael Berenbaum and Jessica Handler, Educator from Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles and 3rd generation survivor.
On February 6th, following the 7:20 screening, Lisa Ling, journalist, author, executive producer, television host of CNN/s original documentary series THIS IS LIFE WITH LISA LING ’s will join Jeff Hutchens, co-Director of REMEMBER THIS for a post screening discussion.
In a virtuoso solo performance, Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Nomadland, Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln) portrays Jan Karski in this genre-defying true story of a reluctant World War II hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described “insignificant, little man” whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world.
The film takes a bold, elegant and expressionistic approach to cinematically transform the original stage play on which REMEMBER THIS is based and to provide an intensity and intimate theatricality rarely experienced on screen. A minimalist visual aesthetic and the simplicity of the space—a table and two chairs, shot in black-and-white—captures Strathairn’s dynamic one-man performance in all of its nuance and power, as he not only becomes Jan Karski, but channels over thirty characters from Karski’s extraordinary life. Filmed in the shooting style of a continuous shot, the audience is drawn into Karski’s world and memories, and invited to experience the journey along with him as though Jan Karski is speaking directly to all of us across time, space and history.