NOT The Last Butterfly tells the inspiring story of The Butterfly Project, a grass roots arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust. Global displays of ceramic butterflies, one butterfly for each child, are being created. In the film, The Butterfly Project's messages of hope and healing are woven together with Holocaust survivors' courageous stories, including a little-known story of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where a young Ela Weissburger was imprisoned as a child. Now a survivor in her eighties, Ela reveals how she and other children were given the strength to endure by teacher who helped them express the trauma of their experiences through art. A moving account of survival and a lesson in the healing power of art, the story of The Butterfly Project empowers all of us to take action to create a more peaceful world. Audience members will be invited to paint a ceramic butterfly after the film, to be displayed at the River Edge Library as part of The Project. Free and Open to the Public.
Sponsor: River Dell Hadassah, Friends of the River Edge Library, and The River Edge Cultural Center