Dedication

Roger Peltzman transforms his one-man play, Dedication, into a deeply poetic, musical, and cinematic journey. Peltzman’s family fled Berlin for Brussels in 1933, and this story centers on his uncle Norbert—the finest pianist in Belgium, until he was murdered in Auschwitz at 21 years old.
A singular tale from the Shoah that is at once extraordinary and relatable, Dedication is also a coming to terms with second generation survivor trauma and the role of music in helping to manage wounds that will never fully heal.

  • Roger Peltzman
    Director
  • Roger Peltzman
    Writer
  • Roger Peltzman
    Producer
  • Roger Peltzman
    Key Cast
    "Roger Peltzman"
    Stray Bullets, The Deep End
  • Jessi D Hill
    Live Performance Director
  • Larry fessenden
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 6 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • JXJ (Formerly Washington D.C. Jewish Film Festival)
    Washington D.C.
    May 15, 2022
    World Premier
Distribution Information
  • Menemsha Films
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Roger Peltzman

Roger Peltzman is a pianist and teacher in New York City. Among his many public performances, Roger has played to sold out audiences at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York's cutting-edge venue—Le Poisson Rouge and in various European venues. He is also an actor, writer and director.
In 2018 he began writing his one-person show Dedication under the tutelage of renowned actor/director Austin Pendleton. Over the course of 3 ½ years he continued to work on it with input from famed Broadway director Seth Barrish. In August of 2021 the play was staged and filmed.
Dedication is about his mother’s family who fled Berlin for Brussels in 1933 with the rise of Hitler. The primary focus of the film is his relationship to his uncle Norbert – arguably the finest pianist in Belgium, who was murdered in Auschwitz at 21 years old. In 2013 Peltzman recorded a CD on the same stage where Norbert won competitions in Brussels. Roger then gave the CD release concert at the Kazerne Dossin Museum in Mechelen, Belgium – located on the site from which his family was sent to their deaths. Peltzman incorporates his piano playing into the performance with everything from blues to Chopin.
The film’s underlying theme is the acknowledgment and resolution of trauma. In Peltzman’s particular case, his experience of overcoming second generation Holocaust trauma trough music. Through careful research, Roger assembled the stories of his lost family, turning familiar ghosts into actual family. This journey is what constitutes Dedication.

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Director Statement

As survivors dwindle - the next generation must pick up the gauntlet. With Dedication I’m trying to share with audiences the history and lessons of the Holocaust - not to mention the legacy of trauma. By focusing on my family – and my passionate desire for connection– the vastness of the holocaust, and its legacy, becomes personal.