Lenny is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. His latest TV series, Normal People, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s Man Booker long-listed novel of the same name was released in 2020. Other film work includes: Garage, Adam And Paul, What Richard Did, Frank and The Little Stranger. He is also in development on a number of projects.
Tomi Reichental is a Holocaust Survivor. Born in 1935 in Slovakia, he was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959 and has received many awards for his work and tireless efforts to promote tolerance & to educate young people about the importance of remembrance and reconciliation. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, the International Person of the Year award, Global Achievement Award as well Germany’s highest honour, The Order of Merit. He is the author of I Was a Boy in Belsen and is the subject of the documentaries Close to Evil & Until the Tenth Generation.
Zuleika is Associate Professor in Jewish Studies at Trinity College Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she is the Director of the Herzog Centre for Jewish and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures and is currently Head of Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies. She has been involved in Holocaust awareness and education and is the Academic Director of the Certificate in Holocaust Education.
Alison Deegan Barry
Alison was born in Dublin and grew up in the heart of the Jewish community. She joined the Abbey Theatre as an actor, worked in television and now is a screen writer with her own production company. Alison has studied the Holocaust extensively and in 2018 she was the moderator for Testimony – a conversation between Oliver Sears and his mother Monika, a Holocaust survivor; the only occasion they have spoken together in public. She lives in Wicklow with her husband, the writer Sebastian Barry.
Dónal served as Ambassador of Ireland to Finland and Lithuania & Belarus, and as Consul General in San Francisco. Other foreign service postings include Geneva, Washington, Brussels, Lusaka and Paris. He has worked on multilateral diplomacy in the context of the United Nations, WHO, ILO, World Bank, IMF, European Union (all 7 presidencies since 1975), humanitarian institutions, the International Red Cross and non-governmental organisations.
David is a Progressive Dublin Jew. He was educated in Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, and studied Computer Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. On graduation he joined the staff of Trinity where he taught for over 40 years. David served two terms as the Senior Tutor in College and he was the first Head of its School of Computer Science and Statistics. Today he is a Trustee of Trinity Trust, a Governor of the Rotunda Hospital and serves on the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
For over twenty years Catherine has worked across a range of cultural organisations including film, visual arts, theatre & opera. In 2000, she played a key role in establishing the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland which she then ran for five years. Following eight years at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, she now project manages exhibitions for Oliver Sears Gallery. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.