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Prisoner of Her Past

Prisoner of Her Past

Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 2:00 pm

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“one of the most emotionally wrenching yet rewarding films I have recently seen”
The Huffington Post

Prisoner of Her Past tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, 60 years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he finds a family he never knew he had.

This film is the first to expose a little-known illness: late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Prisoner of Her Past examines the disorder’s devastating effects. But it also shows programs that are aiding young trauma survivors of Hurricane Katrina—and how such early interventions can help.

A post-show panel discussion featured Howard Reich, director Gordon Quinn, clinical psychologist Dr. Marc Oster, and human rights advocate Dr. Mario Venegas.

Following the program, Howard Reich signed copies of the (DVD) and his book The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich.

Prisoner of Her Past is a project of documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (the creators of Hoop Dreams) in association with the Chicago Tribune.


This program is made possible with support from the Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus.

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