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Aviva Kempner (script development)
Joshua Waletzky (narration)
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12 September 1986 (USA) See more »
This film tells the story of the men and women who formed the Jewish partisan movement in Vilna, Lithuania, during World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Abba Kovner ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberta Wallach ... Narrator

Directed by
Joshua Waletzky  (as Josh Waletzky)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aviva Kempner  script development
Joshua Waletzky  narration (as Josh Waletzky)
Joshua Waletzky  script development (as Josh Waletzky)

Produced by
Aviva Kempner .... producer
Cinematography by
Daniel Schneor  (as Danny Shneuer)
Film Editing by
Joshua Waletzky  (as Josh Waletzky)
Sound Department
Celeste Adams .... assistant sound editor
Tovah Barth .... assistant sound editor
Margaret Crimmins .... additional sound editor (as Margie Crimmins)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Susan Lazarus .... additional sound editor
Dani Natovich .... sound recordist (as Danny Natovich)
Laura Perlman .... assistant sound editor
Ela Troyano .... sound editor
Joshua Waletzky .... sound designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Moshe Armon .... assistant camera
William Begell .... additional cinematographer
Micky Binyamini .... assistant camera (as Micky Benjamini)
Jean-Claude Jakubowitz .... gaffer (as Jean Claude Jakobowicz)
Szloma Kowarski .... additional cinematographer
David Lipkind .... gaffer
Udi Rimer .... gaffer
Moche Schiff .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Edward Gray .... photo animator
Daniel Schneor .... photo animator (as Danny Shneuer)
Editorial Department
Lisa Chrystal .... apprentice editor
Zelda Greenstein .... assistant editor
Susan Lazarus .... post-production coordinator
Loren Michaels Lichenstein .... post-production assistant
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... apprentice editor (as James Maxtone-Graham)
Louis Morhaim .... apprentice editor
Abraham Ravett .... assistant editor
Lewis Schoenbrun .... apprentice editor
Michele Sharland .... post-production assistant
Debbie Teicholz .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Henry Sapoznik .... music consultant
Henry Sapoznik .... music researcher
Henry Sapoznik .... music
Other crew
Yehuda Bauer .... consultant (as Dr. Yehuda Bauer)
Solon Beinfeld .... principal consultant (as Dr. Solon Beinfeld)
Renée Furst .... publicist (as Renee Furst)
Aviva Kempner .... researcher
Abba Kovner .... principal consultant
Steven Kronzek .... accountant
Barbara Leckie .... maps
Ann-Charlotte Lindgren .... film researcher
Josef Lustig .... film researcher
David Marwell .... consultant
Miriam Novitch .... consultant
Eli Pfefferkorn .... consultant (as Dr. Eli Pfefferkorn)
Leyzer Ran .... consultant
David Roskies .... consultant (as Dr. David Roskies)
Joshua Waletzky .... researcher (as Josh Waletzky)
Kobi Weitzner .... translator (as Dr. Kobi Weitzner)

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not your average Holocaust documentary, 18 April 2000
Author: Guy33134 from Coral Gables, Fl

Long before Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation started its series of excellent documentaries, and preceding other recent and memorable documentaries on the subject, PARTISANS OF VILLA was produced. Having been put together 15 years ago,with a good number of the survivors of the pre-World War II Lithuanian Jewish community still in good mental state, this documentary is not only more convincingly authentic through its varied interviews, it also explores unusual themes. Chief among the latter is making the point that Jews DID fight back. They created and joined "Partisan" commandos fighting the Nazis, in the forests of Lithuania and Poland. Their multi-faceted participation in these efforts is very well documented in this exceptional film. This is achieved both by visuals (actual footage, detailed maps), and excellent in-depth interviews from survivors. I certainly hope this gem won't be forgotten with the recent plethora of Holocaust documentaries. This one is a classic.

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