My Dear Children

Dirs. LeeAnn DanceCliff Hackel | 70 min
Documentary United States 2018 East Coast Premiere

Saturday, May 56:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Sunday, May 64:15 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel return to the Festival with the recently completed My Dear Children (presented as a work-in-progress last year).

The pogroms that followed on the heels of the Russian Revolution killed tens of thousands of Jews. Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, wrote about those years in a rare first-hand account. Decades later, her granddaughter set out from South Africa to explore the family’s roots in Ukraine. She finds a world virtually stripped of its Jewish past—an erasure that began with a humanitarian tragedy that was a harbinger of the Holocaust.

Previously featured as a Work-in-Progress during the 2017 WJFF.

Followed by a conversation with filmmakers LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel.

Co-presented by Generation After


Followed by a conversation with filmmakers LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel.

LeeAnn Dance is an award winning television producer and groundbreaking investigative reporter who began her career more than 25 years ago. She has worked as a freelancer in East Africa and as a producer with CNN’s investigative and documentary unit. She now has her own boutique production company based outside of Washington, D.C.

Cliff Hackel has won awards in all three roles and has more than 25 years of documentary experience. Hackel has led international teams, been both an innovator and mentor, and performed nearly every job in television production at the highest professional level. He has edited five shows that were winners of the National News and Documentary Emmy awards. In 2007, as a producer/director/editor, he was awarded a George Foster Peabody award and an Alfred I. DuPont award for CNN’s “God’s Warriors,” hosted by Christiane Amanpour. His shows have appeared on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, National Geographic Television and Discovery Channel.


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LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel
Lee Ann Dance


This event finished on May 7, 2018.