Arts and Entertainment

Filmmaker premieres rough cut of Holocaust documentary at Abington

Boaz Dvir discusses "A Wing and a Prayer" during an on-campus presentation after its release. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

ABINGTON, Pa. — Award-winning documentary filmmaker Boaz Dvir, a Penn State faculty member, will offer the public a rare opportunity to preview and respond to his powerful work in progress, “Cojot,” at 2:30 p.m. April 7 at Penn State Abington.

The suspenseful character study tells the little-known story of Michel Cojot, a Holocaust survivor who set out to kill his father’s notorious Nazi executioner and wound up playing a pivotal role in one of history’s most daring hostage rescue operations, Entebbe.

Cojot’s son, Stephane Cojot-Goldberg, will participate in a post-screening question-and-answer session. Audiences will give Dvir feedback in person and via an anonymous survey.

The film features interviews with 20 people around the world. They include other family members, international Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, Operation Entebbe lead pilot Joshua Shani, French historian Vincent Duclert, hidden-children expert Raphaël Delpard, and best-selling British author Saul David.

“Every day, I learn something new or gain new insight into Michel’s extraordinary journey,” said Dvir, who teaches journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

Dvir’s previous project, the critically acclaimed PBS documentary “A Wing and a Prayer,” has screened around the world and won Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Penn State Abington, 1600 Woodland Road, 112 Woodland Building, Abington
Free Admission.

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Last Updated March 23, 2018