Who Will Write Our History Reviews

May 17, 2019
Who Will Write Our History does a good job telling this great but little known story from simple proofs of everyday life and death of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
March 23, 2019
If the phrase "History is written by the victors" has become a truism, here is the film that takes the would-be victor, fascism, and transforms its own records and documents into a mirror of its perfidy.
March 6, 2019
The film has problems, despite the inarguable worthiness of the material.
March 6, 2019
In Roberta Grossman's film, the story weaves from narration to newsreel footage to performance seamlessly and believably.
March 1, 2019
Thanks to this eloquent film, these voices have been given a wider stage to tell future generations "we were here."
February 15, 2019
I'm not a fan of reenactments in documentaries, especially when, as here, the real-life footage is so searing. But the staged sequences are tastefully done... This film is itself an important act of historical reclamation.
February 1, 2019
Who Will Write Our History tells the story of the archive, but it misses the more important point: to tell the stories for which the archive was created.
January 31, 2019
Though its form is complex, including archival scenes that include concentration camp-type footage, the film's emotional through line is clear and direct.
January 28, 2019
Prepare to be amazed again at a one-day showing of another reimagining of cinematic memorabilia, this time recorded stories of World War II.
January 19, 2019
A vital and sobering documentary...
January 18, 2019
Regardless of its missteps, Grossman's film should be seen as a necessary introduction to a multitude of stories warranting greater analysis.
January 18, 2019
It's not easy to thread this type of formalist needle, but Grossman maintains a level of urgency that is (and I hate describing movies about the Holocaust this way) quite entertaining.
January 17, 2019
A deeply moving history-behind-the-history.
Top Critic
January 17, 2019
The filmmakers aren't simply trying to appeal to viewers who might be bored by a movie constructed entirely of historical material. The mix of old and new elements actually makes an argument for the movie's approach.
January 17, 2019
The staged scenes are well acted, while readings from diaries and letters are heartbreaking.
January 17, 2019
Powerful Holocaust docu has disturbing images, stories.
January 15, 2019
Who Will Write Our History tells the courageous but mostly unknown story of a covert group known as Oyneg Shabes and how they vowed to defeat the Nazis with pen and paper.
January 9, 2019
... [Who Will Write Our] History becomes a chilling watch as the safe separation between audience and actor melts away and as the words from the past feel absolutely present and tangible.
January 1, 2019
An important addition to the trove of documentation about the Holocaust, honoring people who fought Nazi lies with the pen rather than the sword.