WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATES MORIAH FILMS’ AGAINST THE TIDE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

January 11, 2010

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATES MORIAH FILMS’ AGAINST THE TIDE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center and Moriah Films and Richard Trank, Executive Producer of Moriah Films, co-writers of Against the Tide, the latest documentary from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s award-winning Moriah Films division, have just been nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay writing by the Writers Guild of America.

Against the Tide, narrated by two-time Academy Award™ winner Dustin Hoffman, is the compelling story of a young activist, Peter Bergson, who, during the Nazi Holocaust, challenged the Roosevelt Administration and the establishment Jewish organizations to demand that the rescue of Europe’s Jews become a top priority for American Jews and the government.

Winners will be announced at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards to be held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York on Saturday, February 20, 2010.

Moriah Films is the Jack and Pearl Resnick Film Division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Our documentaries focus on the 3,500 year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethical issues. Moriah’s goal is to produce theatrical documentaries on a regular basis that both enlighten and educate while at the same time reach national and international audiences. Two of Moriah’s films have been recipients of Academy Awards™ for Best Feature Documentary, Genocide (1981) and The Long Way Home (1997).

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