U.S. Attorney’s Office and WHYY Present Philadelphia Premiere of “Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life” as Part of Fight Against Hate
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA – On Thursday, October 19, 2023, community members and leaders gathered at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre to watch the first screening in Philadelphia of Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life, United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced today. The documentary tells the story of Pittsburgh’s powerful community response to hate in the aftermath of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. Next week marks the fifth anniversary of the attack.
“Through the voices of survivors, family members, diverse Pittsburgh residents, and leaders, Repairing the World shows the powerful display of unity in a moment of crisis, the resilience of a vibrant city, and a community working together to stand united against hate,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “In this painful and challenging time in the world, it is a message that we all can learn from and put into action in our own communities.”
Following the screening, host and producer of WHYY’s “Morning Edition” Jennifer Lynn led a panel discussion that included Patrice O’Neill, the film’s producer and director, Alan Mallinger, whose mother was killed and sister was wounded in the shooting, and Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership. United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Eric G. Olshan and members of the trial team that prosecuted and convicted the shooter were also in attendance and shared remarks.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania hosted the screening and discussion as part of the Department of Justice’s United Against Hate Initiative, in partnership with WHYY and Not In Our Town. The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History cosponsored the screening.
“Hate-based violence and threats hurt not just the victims; they destroy entire communities,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “In addition to prosecuting these crimes to the fullest extent of the law, my 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 build the community connections needed to prevent them.”
U.S. Attorney Olshan added, “We were proud to join our colleagues from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for a viewing of this film, which showcases what those of us who worked on this case have witnessed firsthand for the last five years—the unbelievable strength and resolve of the entire victim community. We will continue to stand beside them in solidarity and to show that together we are stronger than hate.”
“Not In Our Town is honored to present this film to the Philadelphia community with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, WHYY, and our community partners,” said the film’s director and Not In Our Town CEO Patrice O’Neill. “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. We look forward to seeing how Pittsburgh’s story helps spark these discussions here in Philadelphia and across the country.”
WHYY will broadcast the film on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 9:00 p.m., with an encore presentation on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 12:30 p.m.
Learn more about the film by visiting https://repairingtheworldfilm.org/. Report suspected hate crimes first to your local law enforcement, then to the FBI at www.fbi.gov/tips or 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also report a hate crime, find resources, and learn more about the Department of Justice’s hate crimes prevention and enforcement work by visiting www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.
Updated October 23, 2023