Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tonight in Suffern, Many Moments of Sound for Victims of 1972 Munich Olympics Terrorism

After two years of diligent work, Joe Allen finally gets to share tonight his documentary about efforts to get the IOC to remember the victims of terrorism at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

20 Million Minutes premieres at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, not far from the area Jewish Community Center that spearheaded attempts to have a minute of silence for the "Munich 11" at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Although the campaign was unsuccessful, the documentary stands as a great testament to this sentiment. Allen will be there tonight, as will Munich widow Ankie Spitzer.

In a recent interview with Nyack News & Views, Allen outlined the details of his project: two trips to Israel; one visit to London; 45 interview subjects; and a grassroots movement:

The [online] petition garnered 111,929 signatures [...] It was supported by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was the catalyst that sparked more than 10,000 articles and awakened governing bodies in the United States, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Australia to name a few. [...]
“One of the amazing things was to meet and deliver the petition personally to Jacques Rogge, then President of the IOC. He may not have agreed to do the minute of silence but we got a chance to tell him that people all over the world thought he was wrong” explained Allen.

The documentary is scheduled to screen again in West Nyack on April 10th as part of the JCC Film Festival.

[20 Million Minutes]

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