USC Shoah Foundation and Aspen Film host two-night event


The documentary film “Final Account” will be screened Tuesday at the Isis Theater in a free presentation by the USC Shoah Foundation. Courtesy photo

The USC Shoah Foundation will host two evenings of film screenings and discussions in Aspen on Monday and Tuesday.

The feature film “My Name is Sara” will open events Monday at the Isis Theater. Based on the true story of 13-year-old Sara Góralnik, who, after escaping from a Jewish ghetto in Poland and losing her family at the start of the Holocaust, hides in plain sight, pretending to be for an Orthodox Christian.

The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion with producers Mickey Shapiro, Andy Intrater and producer / director Steven Oritt, moderated by Holocaust Foundation executive director Stephen D. Smith.

Tuesday night, “Final Account”, a documentary filmed over the past 10 years that shares previously unseen interviews with the last living generation of people who participated in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. A question-and-answer session with Smith will follow the screening.

“This is the fourth summer that we are bringing key USC Shoah Foundation programs like this to Aspen,” said Melinda Goldrich, Holocaust executive member and longtime Aspen resident. “I have been moved each time by the community’s interest and understanding for the mission of using testimony to develop empathy and understanding to counter hatred. I’m so happy that we have two powerful films for this year’s activities, especially at a time when the topic is unfortunately increasingly relevant.

Events are free but registration is required, as well as proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door. More information on

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