Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life recently had its World Premiere at the Pittsburgh JFilm Festival on May 5, 2022 and won the “Best Documentary” audience award at the festival.
About 'Repairing the World'
On October 27, 2018, the three congregations worshipping at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue were attacked in the deadliest anti-Semitic assault in U.S. history. Eleven people were killed that day as the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and around theworld found themselves facing a resurgence of age-old threats that have led to so much horrific violence.
In Repairing the World, director Patrice O’Neill respectfully and sensitively documents the response of the community in the aftermath of this tragic event. Through the voices of survivors, family members, diverse Pittsburgh residents, and area leaders, the film shows how the community responded not with fear but with courage and faced down hate with an unprecedented show of love and unity.
This powerful and moving documentary ultimately demonstrates that in a moment of crisis Pittsburgh proved to be a vibrant city that knows what it means to be “Stronger than Hate.”
"Filmmaker Patrice O’Neill shows her audience what happened next: The inspirational story of the citizens of Pittsburgh determined to turn the phrase 'never again' into action," Toby Tabatchnick writes in The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. 'Repairing the World' is exactly what Jewish Pittsburghers, and their neighbors, have set out to do."
Learn more about Repairing the World at repairingtheworld.org
Community Engagement Campaign
This film is just the beginning of the story. As with previous Not In Our Town films, Repairing the World will not only be screened and televised, but used for many years to come in town hall meetings, classrooms and houses of worship to prompt dialogue and action on how to counter antisemitism and all forms of hate.
We hope you will engage and donate to help communities and schools spark conversation and action!
1/ Sign up to host community or school screenings: bit.ly/repairing-campaign
2/ Donate by texting “repairing” to 44321 or donate online.