SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Sunday, June 4, community members and leaders gathered at The Crest Theatre to watch the first screening in Sacramento and the Central Valley of “Repairing The World: Stories From The Tree Of Life.” The documentary film is about Pittsburgh’s powerful community response to hate in the aftermath of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history, showing what it means to be “stronger than hate.”
The documentary follows survivors, families of the victims, diverse community members, students, and civic leaders as they examine their vulnerabilities and the impact of rising antisemitism, racism, hate speech, and gun violence. Against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in the country, a local community that has faced violence and trauma works to heal and grapple with what it means to be stronger than hate.
The screening was presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and Not In Our Town, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, Jewish Community Relations Council, Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association, Federal Bar Association Sacramento Chapter, Asian/ Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and SacLegal, Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association. The U.S. Attorney’s Office leads Hate Crimes Task Forces in Sacramento and Fresno that bring together federal, state, and local law enforcement with community partners to address and combat hate crimes.
“Hate-based violence is a serious crime that destroys communities, and preventing these crimes is a top department priority,” said U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with our community and law enforcement partners, will continue to shine a light on the impact of these crimes and work with our partners to stand united against hate.”
The film’s director, Patrice O’Neill said, “Not In Our Town is honored to partner with the U.S. Attorney's Office and leading organizations in the Sacramento area for this first screening of “Repairing the World” in Central California. The Pittsburgh community presents powerful lessons about how we can build alliances in our cities and towns that will help us become stronger than hate.”
Learn more about this important film here: https://repairingtheworldfilm.org/.