April 21

Hot Docs world premiere “How Saba Kept Singing” Exec. produced by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, David Wisnia’s final journey documented in this must see film

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Retro Report and HiddenLight Productions presentation, in association with Burnt Umber Productions


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Directed, Written and Produced by Sara Taksler

Executive Produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Run time: 78 minutes

World Premiere Hot Docs screening 

Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 2:30pm ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Additional festival screenings as follows:

Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 11:00 am ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Sunday, May 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

About the film:

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, “Yom HaShoah”, taking place this year from the evening of April 27 through April 28, 2022 which will commemorate the 77th anniversary of the liberation of many of Europe’s concentration camps, How Saba Kept Singing will make its World premiere at this year’s Hot Docs festival. 

Ninety-four-year-old David Wisnia never told his wife, children or grandchildren in Levittown, Pennsylvania, the whole truth about how he survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. They knew that David’s singing voice had entertained the SS guards, that his musical gift had changed his fate, but no one knew what, or who, gave him the will to live: a love affair with another prisoner. Accompanying David on a trip to Poland commemorating the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, grandson Avi learns about Helen “Zippi” Spitzer. A talented artist whose scale model of the camp earned her privileges, Zippi was able to orchestrate their encounters and keep them safe. They promised to find each other if they survived, but the war intervened. Over 70 years later, they reunite, sharing unimaginable memories and even more startling secrets in this moving testament to the life-giving power of music.

Available for interviews:  

  • Director, Sara Taksleris available to discuss the making of this important documentary. She started her career working in late-night comedy as a Senior Producer on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” for two decades. Her previous documentary, Tickling Giants, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York Times declared it a “first-rate documentary”, Variety called it “an ebullient ode to freedom”. It reached #1 documentary on iTunes, and Rotten Tomatoes scored it 100%. 
  • Grandson/Musician, Avi Wisnia is available to discuss the making of this important documentary with his beloved Saba aka David Wisnia. Avi embarked on this journey with his Saba’s for his final journey back to Auschwitz-Birkenau to uncover a big part of Avi’s family history he never knew. He now carries on his grandfather’s legacy.

We would like to thank C2C Communications for the press release.