Write Me (2019), a short film by Pearl Gluck, follows an older woman who joins other survivors in reclaiming the histories tattooed on their bodies. Adapted from the poem After Auschwitz by Deborah Kahan Kolb and premiering at the New York Jewish Film Festival, this preview screening of Write Me will be followed by a discussion with director Pearl Gluck, poet/producer Deborah Kahan Kolb, composer Lisa Gutkin, Auschwitz survivor Shirley Gottesman, trafficking survivor and activist Barbara Freeman and tattoo artist Virginia Elwood. (Series Part 1 of 4)

The film Write Me focuses on tattoos – an aesthetic choice for some, but a permanent reminder of harrowing past events for survivors of trafficking and the Holocaust. By spurring conversation around this difficult topic in January — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month — this series hopes to effect positive change by engaging diverse communities in conversations on art, social justice, history, and current events.

Free; advance registration recommended