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The lively film, screened during the opening days of the museum, gives voice to many of the students and the skilled carpenters from the International Timber Framers Guild and artists who built and painted the replica, using traditional tools and materials.
In the film, Marcin Kaminsky, a Polish architectural student who helped build the roof, expressed tremendous pride in being part of the huge undertaking that now hangs in the museum.
These are among the new generation museum officials and supporters hope to continue to attract. The most striking display of the permanent exhibit is a luminous reconstruction of the painted ceiling and timber framed roof of the 18th century Gwozdziec Synagogue in a gallery titled, "The Jewish Town." Kirshenblatt-Gimblett described its vivid, colorful imagery as a "heavenly canopy." The replica was created through a partnership between the museum, the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and Handshouse Studio, an educational organization in Boston, founded by Rick and Laura Brown, artists and inspired educators at the Massachusetts College of Art.It is the subject of a new film, "Raise the Roof," made by Yari and Cary Wolinsky, and co-produced with John Rubin Productions.Warsaw -- In a ceremony marked by fanfare, pageantry and a measure of solemnity, on October 28, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews officially opened its doors to the public.Located in what was once the heart of this city's lively Jewish quarters, reduced to rubble during WWII, the gleaming glass building, an award winning design by Finnish architects Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamaki, sits on a tremendously symbolic site, on a plaza facing a monument to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.