Raise the Roof  is on Public Television!

Chicago Area, WYIN, Channel 56 or 17 — Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm

Chicago, WTTW 11 —  Thursday, April 19 at 10 pm  

Check your local listing.  Schedule is subject to change.

I just happened to see "Raise the Roof" (by accident) on my PBS station here in Sarasota, Florida, last night, and I was deeply moved. It was the perfect Hanukkah gift. My family came from that region of Poland, and too many of them perished… The movie was fabulous, a really terrific production. Thank you for making this movie.  — Paul S. Cherry

They set out to reconstruct a lost synagogue.
They recovered a lost world.

a feature documentary by Yari & Cary Wolinsky
2015, USA, 85min, Screening Formats: DVD, BluRay and DCP

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. The Gwoździec roof was unveiled in 2014 as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.





People are saying…

"Raise the Roof" is about so much that matters: history, The Holocaust, collective memory, freedom of religion, sacred places, scholarly research, education, community,  architecture, art, and craft...the possibility of resurrection and redemption, and, of triumph over tragedy. 
The filmmakers document this multi dimensional project with patience, taste, sophistication, intellect, and passion. Precise editing of archival and contemporary footage and beautiful sound track throughout... When the "talking heads" speak, they add context and deepen our understanding with an economy of scale. Not a word is wasted. 
Recreation of the palette for the painted panels; and the care and skill with which the painting is executed across venues throughout Poland–all culminating with the project's installation in its permanent museum home, provide an exhilarating narrative arc and conclusion to the story and film. 
I hope "Raise the Roof" will be screened throughout the world at both secular and religious high schools, institutions of higher learning in art and architecture, as well as in spiritual communities. It's interesting, informative, uplifting and hopeful.           — Stuart I. Frolick, director–editorial services, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
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Raise the Roof
is distributed by the National Center for Jewish Film. 

If you would like to arrange for a screening, please contact Lisa Rivo at lisarivo@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-8600.