One Life For Another

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By Zach Litwack ( on Monday, September 16, 2013 - 3:50 pm: Edit Post

Hello Everyone:

I just wanted to let all of you in Oklahoma know about an upcoming screening of my latest documentary, "One Life For Another". This film tells the story of my mother, Donna Drewiske Litwack, a 21-year-old woman who joined the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama in 1962. Stationed in the small village of Lidice, she provided the native people with health care, helped build new housing, and improved the sanitation of the community. On January 9, 1964, the Panama Canal Riots broke out due to many native Panamanians’ long held resentment against the American presence in the Canal Zone. Within the span of one week, any sign of an American presence was attacked, resulting in the death of 21 Panamanians and 4 U.S. soldiers. After discovering Donna’s presence in Lidice, a caravan of rioters visited the village with the sole intention of killing her. However, before the rioters could complete their mission, the villagers formed a human wall around Donna's house, defending her in return for her many months of service to them. 45 years later, Donna returned to Lidice to reconnect with any villagers that might remember that fateful day and find some meaning in her harrowing experience.

The film screens at:

Circle Cinema
10 S. Lewis
Tulsa, OK 74104

4pm, September 29th

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. The trailer for the film can be found at:

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