The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting’ Is the Documentary Kanye West Needs to See

Like Kanye West has been clear for the past two weeksAnti-Semitism still exists in contemporary America, where Jews make up only 3% of the population but are victims of more than 50% of all hate crimes based on religion. None of them were more deadly than the October 27, 2018 shooting. at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life—Or the cathedral of L’Simcha — which took the lives of 11 innocent worshipers and injured six others, and A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting review that massacre with intense sadness and compassion. While it is less concerned with the cause than the effects of that attackIts anguish is overpowering, and it is a familiar warning to Jews – and all other ethnic and religious minorities – of the growing threats posed by terrorists in caused by water.

Directed by Trish Adlesic, A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting (October 26 on HBO) is an examination of an open wound, as well as a portrait of a community that is simultaneously shattered and strengthened by tragedy. At its heart are the testimonies of people who escaped the Tree of Life on that fateful Saturday morning, when Shabbat’s services were severely disrupted by rapid-fire explosions from semi-automatic assault rifles. auto of Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old man went to the synagogue to kill people out of anger about its association with HIAS, a Jewish organization dedicated to helping refugees. To avoid dramatic diversions, Adlesic let her speakers describe their unique (if intertwined) experiences during the siege, their recollections — of hiding in a closet, running Escape through emergency exits and cling to life as their friends and loved ones perish beside them—proving just as vividly as they are heartbroken.

For Audrey Glickman, survival involves fleeing to a back building room, where she and Joe Charny try to make themselves look like bags of donated clothes. Andrea Wedner was not so lucky, having suffered a gunshot wound in the back seat of the synagogue with her 97-year-old mother Rose Mallinger, who died from her injuries. Upon hearing the first shots, nurse Dan Leger and doctor Jerry Rabinowitz automatically ran into the chaos in an attempt to help those in need – a decision that cost the latter their lives and causing serious injury to the former. Leger was fortunate to be saved by paramedics, although no such luck is accorded to the likes of Joyce Fienberg or David and Cecil Rosenthal, whose relatives heard reports that something was amiss. in the Tree of Life and instinctively their worst fear was realized. .

Becoming a Jew in 2022, America must understand that there is a permanent goal behind your back, and A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting thus feels — even to some audiences — like the story of a necessity. Extreme grief is the order of the day, but still resilient in the way that interviewees succumb to the desolate, telling their stories with sobriety, insight, as well as expressed their feelings about whether Bowers – who will face prosecution in 2023 – will receive the death penalty or life in prison. Bowers’ name was uttered only twice and his face was glimpsed once, as Adlesic refused to cast any energy on the man himself for fear it would add to his infamous reputation. his. It is criticism through omission, and moreover, a tactic that speaks to the fact that he is less important than the vile movement that activated and encouraged him.

Although Secure Community Network’s national security adviser Brad Orsini wouldn’t elaborate on the origins of Bowers’ fanaticism, A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting draw clear, sharp lines between Bowers and the white nationalists at home, who were embraced and encouraged by former President Donald Trump, whose visit to the Tree of Life met with indignation. Director Adlesic brings together TV footage, news bulletins, and online posts about past and present anti-social evil, from 1939 Nazi Party rally in Madison Square Garden to a YouTube video of the January 6 uprising featuring a woman singing obnoxious alternative lyrics to the U2 song “Bloody Sunday.” When it comes to belittling – and blaming the evils of the world – the Jews, the old is always new again.

That, as a result of this murder, Pittsburgh Jews felt compelled to attend active shooting training courses was a sensational reminder — like all similar atrocities, happened almost every day — basically, America was broken. Additional evidence of that fact comes from a 62-year-old Pittsburgh resident who set up a gun arsenal in an abandoned synagogue just an hour from the Tree of Life, and who proposes that the solution to the problem This nation is armed for everyone. In his comments, as well as the discussion of the bond that has formed between the survivors of the Tree of Life and those from Parkland and Charleston, A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting becomes a snapshot of a society hopelessly disfigured by abhorrent, unnecessary, and preventable violence.

That, as a result of this murder, Pittsburgh Jews feel compelled to attend active shooting training courses is a disturbing reminder — like all similar atrocities, It happens almost every day — that, as far as guns are concerned, America is basically broken.

In a final verse, jazz composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe recalls the excitement he felt when Audrey agreed to play the shofar on his composition “Healing Tones” he, and A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Locate other happy moments of people going through this disaster to come together and strengthen community bonds. However, any sense of hope was battered by despair over the lives lost in this attack, and the scars it left on those still alive. To watch Audrey and Joe startled by the rumbling motorbikes (“How scary”) is to understand, through an everyday urban incident, the profound impact of such a crime, and its legacy existed long after the media cameras departed and the protests died down into memory.

In that respect, A Tree of Life: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting is an important act of remembrance of the men and women who have been killed for who they are — and, as well as the prevalence, and division, of a bigotry of old age, as Recently illustrated by Kanye West, refuses to die.


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