After returning from Berlin for a screening of one of her previous films, Partisans of Vilna, Aviva immediately headed to Charlottesville, VA for the Virginia Film Festival’s screening of Rosenwald at the University of Virginia! Before the film, Diane and Tim Naughton hosted a luncheon for Rosenwald with many in attendance- including the head of the festival, Jody Kielbasa. The Naughton’s are big supporters of Rosenwald and the festival, with Diane serving on the festival board.
After the screening, a Q&A was held with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, Pam Horowitz (spouse of the late Julian Bond), and interviewee and UVA professor Rita Dove. The panel was moderated by Deborah McDowell (Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies). The packed theater was filled with an engaging audience- including someone who had attended a Rosenwald school, and even someone who currently lives in a restored Rosenwald school!