Prisoner of Her Past airs May 5th on WTTW for Holocaust Remembrance Day

WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Kartemquin's Prisoner of Her Past on Thursday May 5 at 10 pm as part of a year-long series honoring Kartemquin's 50th Anniversary, and in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Prisoner of Her Past tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, sixty years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Eastern Europe to uncover why his mother believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he finds a family he never knew he had. Howard also finds psychiatrists in New Orleans helping traumatized children who survived Hurricane Katrina, so they will not re-experience their childhood terrors as his mother now does.

For a limited time, the Prisoner of Her Past DVD plus a signed copy of the hardcover book "The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir." are available on Kartemquin.com/store for a special price of $25.00. The offer expires May 12, 2016.

Coming up next in the WTTW monthly broadcast series include Hoop Dreams airing on June 23 at 8 pm, an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture that follows two young men as they pursue their NBA dreams amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness; as well as the broadcast premier of the award-winning Almost There about two filmmakers' complicated relationship with a reclusive outsider artist, airing in July.

Kartemquin 50th Anniversary WTTW broadcast schedule
January 21, 10 pm - The Homestretch (2014)
February 25, 10 pm - The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)
March 24, 9 pm - Now We Live on Clifton (1974) and Winnie Wright, Age 11 (1974)
April 21, 10 pm - Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes (2004)
May 5th, 10 pm - Prisoner of Her Past 2009
June 23, 8 pm- Hoop Dreams (1994)
July - Almost There (2014)
August - The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976)
September - The Last Pullman Car (1983)
October - TBA
November - Vietnam, Long Time Coming 1998
December - TBA

Other highlights of Kartemquin's 50th anniversary year include several retrospectives and screenings in Chicago and nationwide; an art exhibit; a book, workshops, panels and master classes; and online streaming of the organization's entire catalog of award-winning documentaries via http://watch.kartemquin.com. The full calendar, which will be updated throughout the year as new events and partners are added, is available at www.kartemquin.com/KTQ50. Join the conversation on Twitter at @Kartemquin or by using #KTQ50.

The centerpiece event will be a public gala titled "Milestones" to be held at Chicago's Harris Theater on Friday, June 24th 2016. The event will reunite filmmakers, subjects, and prominent partners, fans and alumni from across Kartemquin's five decades for a celebration of the significant moments they have shared in creating over 55 different films since their founding in 1966. Chaz Ebert, President of The Ebert Company Ltd, and Publisher of RogerEbert.com, will serve as the honorary chair of the evening, which will be preceded by a dinner reception at the Chicago Cultural Center.