“Three Minutes: A Lengthening”

Please join the Alabama Holocaust Education Center and the Sidewalk Film Festival for a special screening of Bianca Stigter’s moving documentary about the Jewish community of Nasielsk, Poland. Inspired by Glenn Kurtz’s award-winning book, Three Minutes in Poland, the film investigates three minutes of 8mm camera footage that Glenn’s grandfather, David Kurtz took in 1938, roughly a year before the German occupation of Poland.

At the end of 1939, the people visible in the film, and all the Jews in Nasielsk, were forced from their homes and deported to ghettos, before they were later sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. Only a few short minutes of Kurtz’s prewar film footage survived the war.  Stigter draws the most out of the images, emphasizing the faces of these lost victims and their humanity. Produced by Steve McQueen and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the documentary serves as a powerful testament to the lost Jewish community of Nasielsk.

After the Sidewalk Film Festival’s screening of the documentary, the Alabama Holocaust Education Center’s Education Director Ann Mollengarden will lead a discussion of the audience’s reaction to the film.



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Additional Sidewalk Films of Interest

Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am, Alabama Theatre
“Surviving the Holocaust: A Conversation with Dr. Robert May” (27-minutes)
Part of the Alabama Documentary Shorts event, this film by Alabama director Kim Garner offers an intimate looks at the life of one of Birmingham’s Holocaust survivors, detailing his feelings of loss, hope, and triumph over tragedy.

Sunday, August 28, 12:00 Noon, Birmingham Museum of Art
“Smile Little Ladybug” (17-minutes)
Part of the Alabama Documentary Shorts event, this film by Laura Asherman centers on Alabama Holocaust survivor Herbert Kohn, who unintentionally inspires his daughter and granddaughter to become clowns. The film follows three generations of this wacky and inspiring family from Nazi Germany, to Jim Crow Alabama, to modern-day Atlanta.



Aug 28 2022


10:00 am - 11:00 am


Birmingham Museum of Art Steiner Auditorium
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.


Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema
(205) 324-0888