A Tree Of Life

  • Trish Adlesic
  • US
  • 2021
  • 80 Min

On the morning of 27 October 2018, a right-wing extremist stormed the Tree of Life - Or L'Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh, shooting dead 11 people and wounding six others. It was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack ever perpetrated in the United States. Trish Adlesic's moving documentary film recreates these events whilst, first and foremost, paying tribute to the victims and survivors of the attack.

The violent end brought to the Shabbat morning services of three Jewish communities, interrupted by pure hatred, was to change the lives and self-image of the residents of Pittsburgh forever. The process of mourning for the eleven peaceful, much-loved victims united the city across religious borders. In the film, bereaved family members of brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal recall the two good-natured Torah bearers, whilst survivors of the massacre such as Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, Dan Leger and Audrey Glickman talk of how they were rescued and pay tribute to their murdered friends. With its archive images and intimate interviews, the documentary also however offers a more general portrait of contemporary Jewish existence in Pittsburgh, taking in as it does family celebrations and a passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers. All the while, the film’s makers address more universal issues affecting American society today, most notably the fight against the country’s powerful gun lobbies.

16.6. 19.00 Thalia Babelsberg, followed by a discussion with Audrey Glickmann, protagonist and contemporary witness
18.6. 17.00 Passagekino, followed by a film discussion with Audrey Glickmann, protagonist and contemporary witness
19.6. 16.00 Delphi Lux, followed by a discussion with Audrey Glickmann, protagonist and contemporary witness.


original title A Tree Of Life

international title A Tree Of Life

german title A Tree Of Life


  • director Trish Adlesic

country/countries US

year 2021

duration 80 Min

Trish Adlesic

BIO Trish Adlesic is a US film producer and director best known for her 2010 HBO Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary "Gasland" and its sequel "Gasland Part II". Trish co-directed and co-produced HBO's Emmy-winning "I Am Evidence" with Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) about the alarming number of untested sexual assault kits in America. It premiered on HBO in April 2018. "A Tree of Life" is her latest film (2021).