WTTW to air 10 Kartemquin films for our 45th anniversary!

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast a year-long series of Kartemquin's award-winning documentaries as part of our 45th anniversary celebration. The series will include the television premieres of three films: PRISONER OF HER PAST, about late-onset PTSD; THE iNTERRUPTERS, about former Chicago gang members who now stop violence; and the “American Masters” premiere of A GOOD MAN, a profile of the controversial Kennedy-award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he creates a new performance on Abraham Lincoln for the Ravinia Festival. Continued

A new standard for using documentary film in the classroom

Read the latest Prisoner of Her Past blog, in which Howard Reich describes how "Some Very Savvy 8th Graders" at Westview Hills Middle School were inspired to engage with the film through working in groups and by screening the film in segments, resulting in 150 students "bursting with ideas, observations and an outpouring of inquiries." Some of their questions get right to the heart of the film's treatment of issues such as PTSD, memory, trauma and the Holocaust, and may surprise you. Read Howard's blog here. Continued

"A tremendously moving experience"

The Positive Aging Network has recommended Prisoner of Her Past as "a tremendously moving movie experience which everyone should see if it previews in your city" in its latest "Mature Resources" monthly e-zine. The reviewer attended our November screening at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, and was impressed by the treatment of late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the "heart-wrenching documentary." Read the full review. Contact Xan Aranda to arrange a public screening, or purchase the film on DVD from the Kartemquin Store. Continued

Prisoner of Her Past makes an impact on students

Howard Reich reveals how students at screenings nationwide have responded strongly to Prisoner of Her Past in his latest blog, "Reaching Students Where They Live." Recounting their comments to him after watching the film, Howard writes: "The insights of these young adults suggested that they could see elements of their own stories - their own lives - in Prisoner of Her Past. Which is precisely why we made the film: to shed light on childhood trauma, past, present and future." Continued

Read the latest Prisoner of Her Past blog

Back in early September director Gordon Quinn took Prisoner of Her Past to Greece for the Kos International Health Film Festival. Read his new blog about the experience, which has particular insight into the often asked question of Sonia Reich's habit of directly addressing the camera and her awareness and acceptance of the filming process.Prisoner of Her Past is available on DVD in the Kartemquin Store for 50% off using coupon code KTQGIFT15 until December 15th. Continued

Kartemquin week in Chicago!

Our films American Arab, A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past and Typeface are all getting a chance to shine in our hometown of Chicago this week. Usama Alshaibi will present clips from American Arab at a panel discussion at Columbia College Chicago from 7pm-9pm tonight. Panelists inlcude Marquette University sociologist Louise Cainkar, author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab-American and Muslim Experience After 9/11; and Roosevelt University professor David Faris, who studies social and political change in the Middle East. Roxane Assaf of the Advisory Council on Arab Affairs will moderate. The event is free and open to public: Get more information. Continued

Praise for Prisoner of Her Past

In advance of its upcoming Canadian premiere at the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on November 7th, Prisoner of Her Past has received an endorsement from the Toronto Jewish Tribune. Calling the film an "engrossing documentary," the paper's Barbara Shainbaum stated: "this personal mystery, rooted specifically in a Jewish world, thematically rises above it by examining the universal long-term psychological effects of untreated trauma." Read the entire article. Continued