20 Million Minutes

"20 Million Minutes" unreels a classic David vs. Goliath tale about what happens when a small Jewish community center in Rockland County, N.Y. pits itself against the International Olympic Committee. It follows JCC Rockland's quest for a minute of silence at the opening ceremony of 2012 London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israelis murdered in 1972 at the Munich games.

Partnering with surviving family members, the JCC brought worldwide attention to this seemingly lost cause. Over two years, organizers rally support through an online petition, resulting worldwide government and media attention that culminates in a last ditch meeting with IOC President Jacques Rogge.

The JCC did not succeed in gaining a minute of silence, but "20 Million Minutes" shows how it succeeded at something grander — making sure the world remembered. From: http://www.jccrockland.org/filmfestival2013/synopses.html

90 minutes
Joe Allen

Shown at

  1. 10th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2013

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