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About the Film

A story of Jewish faith, family, and a tragedy that reverberated for generations. It is highly likely that if you are an American Jew, you have roots in Eastern Europe and share Feiga’s story.  While rare that she wrote her story down, her story itself is not unique.  And yet many know little about the waves of pogroms that swept across Eastern Europe from the 1880s through 1921.

The pogroms in the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917 killed tens of thousands of Jews and marked the beginning of the near-obliteration of Jewish life from an area of the world to which nearly 80% of the world’s Jewry can trace its roots.  Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, wrote about those years in a rare first-hand account.  What happened drove her to make a choice no mother should ever have to make.  But it was a choice that ensured the survival of two of her children. We’ve created the My Dear Children Screening Kit to give nonprofits, community organizations and business, universities, and public libraries an easy-to-use resource for showing the film and leading discussions around the subjects of religious persecution and social justice, genealogy, trauma, and heritage travel, among others.  Reserve a Screening Kit for your nonprofit, community organization, university, or public library.  The kits will be ready for shipping in late December/early January.

About the Kit

The My Dear Children Screening Kit is an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource that includes everything you’ll need for planning, promoting, and hosting a successful community screening.  Here’s what’s included in each kit:
  • DVD Disc One - 72min feature-length version of the film
  • DVD Disc Two - 54min version of the film
  • Bonus Features
  • 15-page planning and discussion guide
  • 10 postcards and and five full-size posters
  • License to exhibit the film at your facility

What People Are Saying

JEFFREY E.STERN, AUTHOR OF THE LAST THOUSAND AND THE 15:17 TO PARIS
This film is really, really special.  I don’t think I’ve ever cared so much about Jewish history since reading Mila 18.  I can tell, based on being a storyteller myself, that it’s an extraordinarily difficult story to tell.  The archival work they’ve done is astounding.  I genuinely think it’s only slightly hyperbolic to say they’re preventing this history from vanishing."
PAUL F., ATTENDEE, IAJGS CONFERENCE 2017
Finally! A visual presentation of the holocaust that preceded the Holocaust.  My Dear Children is significant for its moving presentation of the dire environment facing Eastern European Jewish families in the early 20th Century.  Powerful for its reminder that history will repeat itself"
JULIE SHERMAN, CHAIR, THE HARRISBURG JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
I found My Dear Children incredibly touching and actually breathtaking — as I watched it, it occurred to me over the years I’d simplistically (and perhaps shamefully) made “Fiddler on the Roof” my mental touchstone for the word “pogrom,” when in fact the reality was a holocaust before the Holocaust.  To say thank you might not exactly be appropriate, but you have created a very, very necessary and important testament"

How licensing works

Find the right license for you

We offer a tiered licensing and pricing system to make the film accessible to all types of organizations. The Screening Kit includes an unlimited public performance license at one facility—contact us about purchasing multiple kits at a discount.

As independent filmmakers, we rely on your support to keep producing great documentaries and making them available to the public. Keep in mind you are legally obligated to purchase the appropriate license to show the film at your institution.

If you have any questions, please see the Licensing FAQ.

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Order the My Dear Children Screening Kit with the appropriate license for your institution.
Want to reserve your kit now so that it will ship out as soon as it’s available? Send us an email at info@mydearchildrendoc.com

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Library / K-12 Kit


Library / K-12 

This license is for public libraries and K-12 schools. If you’re a librarian, teacher, administrator, or educator at one of these institutions, you should purchase the Public Library/K-12 license.

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Nonprofit / University 

If you’re showing the film to any kind of public or private gathering that’s not a school, library, or educational institution, you should purchase the Nonprofit/Business license.

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College / University 

This license is for all higher education institutions, including public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, graduate schools, advanced degree programs, and medical education institutions.

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