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"Hand Held," a documentary film directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Don Hahn, will make its premiere on the West Coast at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. The film tells the story of internationally acclaimed photographer Michael Carroll, who is also the founder and president of Romanian Children's Relief. Carroll was one of the first photographers to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. When he arrived, he walked into one of the most horrific scenes of the 20th century. His photographs and heart-wrenching stories of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania ran in The Boston Globe and opened the eyes of the western world to the plight of the Romanian children.
Filmmaker Don Hahn shot in Boston, Bucharest and Bistrita for nearly two years for this motion picture about one guy with a camera, a band of New Englanders, a hundred and sixty thousand orphans and the unforgettable story of how they changed each other's lives forever. "Hand Held" will be shown as part of a two-day Juneau fundraiser for Romanian Children's Relief which is being organized by Juneau resident Kelly Tonsmeire, an old friend and high school and college classmate of Carroll. Tickets are $10.
The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at St. Ann's Parish Hall, 416 Fifth St., with a "Romanian Rhapsody." The evening will feature wine and a four-course gourmet Romanian dinner prepared by chef Laraine Derr of Chez Alaska Cooking School. Flutatious flute quartet will provide music. The silent auction will include desserts, vacation homestays, meals by many of Juneau's best gourmet cooks and award-winning wines. Tickets are $50 per person or $95 for two.
Tickets for both events are available at www.jahc.org, both locations of Hearthside Books and at the door.