Raise the Roof

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. In 2014, the Gwozdziec roof was unveiled as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Year:
2015
Length:
85 minutes
Country:
Director:
Yari Wolinsky
Poster for Raise the Roof

Shown at

  1. 13th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 15th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 16th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. 18th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2016
  5. 20th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. 21st Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. 26th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  11. 33rd Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2018
  12. Annual Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  13. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. Berkshire Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  15. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. Central Massachusetts Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  17. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  18. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Farthest North Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  20. Jewish International Film Festival (Australia) - 2015
  21. JewishFilm - 2015
  22. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2016
  23. Kansas City Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  24. Long Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  25. Naples Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  26. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  27. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  28. Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  29. Southampton Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  30. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  31. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  32. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  33. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  34. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  35. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  36. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  37. Wilmington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

6 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Raise the Roof’ brings lost history, and art, back to life

    It began with a photograph.

    More than a decade ago, Rick and Laura Brown, a husband-and-wife team of artist-educators, first learned about the little-known history of Poland’s 17th- and 18th-century wooden synagogues.

    http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/75152/raise-the-roof-brings-lost-history-and-art-back-to-life/

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Raise the Roof’ among highlights at Jewish Film Festival

    The creative and artistic contributions of the Jewish people, their history and cultural traditions are at the heart of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, now in its 35th year and opening July 23. Those themes are also at the heart of the SFJFF documentary “Raise the Roof,” which offers a fascinating account of the remarkable recreation of a historic wooden synagogue’s roof and ceiling for a museum exhibit in Poland.

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/raise-the-roof-among-highlights-at-jewish-film-festival/

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Rick and Laura Brown have led many efforts to recreate historical buildings and artifacts since 2002, when they founded the Handshouse Studio in Norwell, Mass., but nothing compares to the 10 years they spent coordinating hundreds of volunteers in the reconstruction of an 18th-century Polish synagogue.

    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160407/NEWHAMPSHIRE0104/160409536/0/SEARCH

  4. irving lichtman says:

    fabulous documentary.would like to buy DVD of Raise The Roof .please contact me

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Raise the Roof’ gives life to 18th-century synagogue destroyed in WWII
    Rick and Laura Brown have led many efforts to recreate historical buildings and artifacts since 2002, when they founded the Handshouse Studio in Norwell, Mass., but nothing compares to the 10 years they spent coordinating hundreds of volunteers in the reconstruction of an 18th-century Polish synagogue.
    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160407/NEWHAMPSHIRE0104/160409536?source=RSS

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