Two New Sloan-Funded Documentaries

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has supported the production of two forthcoming historical projects, both from documentary veterans. Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’s LEONARDO DA VINCI, slated for broadcast on PBS in 2024, will illuminate the life of the titular polymath over the course of four hours. Looking a few centuries forward, former PBS NOVA Senior Executive Director Paula Apsell and Kirk Wolfinger will re-examine the Holocaust in RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK. The documentary, which recently premiered at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, will focus on acts of Jewish resistance in the face of Nazi oppression.

Read more about both projects below.

RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK. Dir. Paula Apsell, Kirk Wolfinger. During World War II, Jews waged at least 60 armed rebellions in ghettos, 25 in concentration and slave labor camps, fought by the thousands within partisan units, and joined campaigns of non-violent resistance against the Nazis. RESISTANCE – THEY FOUGHT BACK travels to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, and the U.S. to illuminate the forgotten, and largely unknown, stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

LEONARDO DA VINCI. Dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon. The story of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, best known as Leonardo da Vinci, a fifteenth century Italian polymath of soaring imagination and profound intellect, who left behind artistic works of staggering beauty and detailed sketches of futuristic contraptions of warfare and flight that today are marveled at for their technical ingenuity and foresight.

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