Tenafly, NJ – The Order of AHEPA Bergen Knights Chapter #285 hosted the New Jersey Premiere of “My People,” a feature documentary by Anna Rezan, on Sunday, January 29th, to honor the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
“My People” is the story of the Jews of Greece during the Holocaust, the Axis occupation, the excellent Greek resistance, and the role of the Greek Orthodox clergy. “My People” is a hymn to love and courage as a young woman discovers it in her quest to uncover her Greek Jewish family’s history. The film is produced, written & directed by Anna Rezan, along with Academy Award winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson. Eleni Purgioti, Pantelis Kodogiannis, and Zafeiris Haitidis serve as executive producers.
Before the film, a short video produced in 1985 was shown highlighting the Order of Ahepa’s role during World War II. Entitled “The Ripples Will Never Cease,” it highlighted Ahepa’s condemnation of Fascism, Communism, and the Nazi’s treatment of Jews in 1938, the first organization of its kind to do so in the United States; the half-billion dollar Ahepa United States War Bond effort; the Greek War Relief Effort; and the 5 million bushels of wheat that Ahepa delivered to Greece.
The showing was followed by a reception and a Q&A session with Anna. “My People” was enthusiastically received by an audience deeply moved by this inspiring untold story. The film evoked memories from those in the audience who lived thru tragic events and the unnecessary loss of their friends. At the same time, they and other attendees (of all ages) found “My People” to be optimistic. Amongst the positive feedback for the film, an attendee found the film to be “powerful, yet delicately handled concerning other Holocaust films” that he has seen over decades.
“I was thrilled to receive an invitation from AHEPA & their Bergen Knights chapter regarding ‘My People.’ I grew up in Athens, constantly hearing about their outstanding work and everything they have done for Greece. They are the true Philhellenes and have proved that unity can result in greatness. My directorial debut carries a strong message: unity and the positive outcomes it always brings to the world. I am honored that my cause aligns with that of AHEPA, and I feel grateful for this opportunity that paves the way for many other synergies in the future.” added Anna.