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College of Our Lady of the Elms

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Chicopee, MA 01013

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Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, a magnificent wooden eighteenth century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them, using their hands, old tools and techniques to bring Gwoździec’s history, culture, science, and art back to life. The crew has only six weeks to hew, saw, and carve 200 freshly logged trees and assemble the structure. Working against a seemingly impossible deadline and despite torrential downpours and exhaustion, the team must create the structure, and disassemble it again for shipping and eventual installation. Beautiful to behold and buttressed by traditional klezmer melodies, Raise the Roof is an inspiring story of how combined talents in art and science brought back to life an artifact lost to history.

Co-sponsored by Elms College Office of Diversity and Inclusion

DOCUMENTARY | 2015 | 85 MINUTES

USA | ENGLISH AND POLISH WITH SUBTITLES

DIRECTED BY YARI WOLINSKY AND CARY WOLINSKY

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