Dir. Diana Groo (63min, Hungary, 2013)
Mid-Atlantic Premiere 

Regina Jonas, voiced here by Rachel Weisz, was the first female Rabbi – a prototypical feminist, who would have never copped to the term.

The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas was ordained in Berlin in 1935, but not without a fight. During the rise of the Nazi era, her sermons soothed and encouraged persecuted Jews, but she could not save herself, eventually perishing in Auschwitz in 1944. Director Diana Groo employs a jazzy archival style reminiscent of Péter Forgács, and gives voice to Regina’s life.

Director Diana Groo and Executive Producer George Weisz in conversation following the screening.

Diana Groo will also be in conversation at the Library of Congress as part of our Daily Talks on Tuesday, March 4. Click here for more information.

Diana Groó was born in 1973 in Budapest, where she received her education, obtaining a Bachelor degree in French-Hebrew from the Faculty of Arts, followed by a Master in TV and Film Directing at the Hungarian Film Academy. She has co-founded DocClub (2000) and Madzag Film (2001) associations, and Katapult Film (2002). 

Click here for full bio. 


Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Thursday, March 6, 7:15 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD


"A beautifully realized documentary by Diana Groó, that brings Regina Jonas, her life and times to vibrant life onscreen, revealing the intelligence, empathy, strength and determination that made Regina Jonas a spiritual leader."
-Ayelet, Dekel, Midnight East


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