The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

April 24-25
The Last Flight of Petr Ginz
(United States, 2012, 65 min.)
Winner of the Jewish Experience Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival for the Avner Shaleve Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award in 2012, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz enlightens audiences to the brilliant artistry of Petr Ginz, a young Jewish boy who produced several novels, wrote a vivid diary, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, and created a plethora of drawings and paintings.  Ilan Ramon, an Israeli astronaut, brought one of Petr Ginz’s drawings depicting the planet Earth as seen from the moon on the fateful voyage of the American Space Shuttle Columbia that was destroyed upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003.  The destruction of the Columbia stands as a day of mourning for the astronauts as well as for Petr Ginz, who was a boy defined by his artistic expression and creative innovation.  Directed by Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a story of tragedy but also a celebration of the beauty of life and people. The International Film Series is pleased to announce that this is the first showing of this film in Colorado. Following the Thursday showing, special guest, Dr. Mark Thorsen, UNC graduate and teacher in Castle Rock, will present and moderate a short discussion. Dr. Thorsen is a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and also a member of Colorado Holocaust Educators.