Prisoner of Her Past Documentary to be shown at Adrian College

Critically acclaimed film is part of the Kartemquin film collection.

ADRIAN, Mich  (March 6, 2015) – “Prisoner of Her Past” had incredible impact in print; however Kartemquin Films and author, Howard Reich, found it to be even more powerful on screen. On March 23, Adrian College will bring the insightful drama to campus for a reception and free screening of the film. For most viewers, it will become their first encounter with the lesser known, and debilitating disease of late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Prisoner of Her Past” is the haunting story of Sonia Reich, a Holocaust survivor, who experiences the resurfacing of a secret childhood trauma that begins to unravel her life – more than sixty years later. The film follows her son, Howard Reich, a Chicago Tribune jazz critic, on his journey across the United States and Eastern Europe. Through his exploits he begins to uncover the demons in his mother’s past, and seeks to find answers as to why she believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Along the way, he finds family he never knew he had, and unlocks secrets that now serves to assist psychiatrists in New Orleans to help traumatized children who survived Hurricane Katrina.

The tragic tale unfolds on screen to enlighten and educate viewers on the challenges of late-onset posttraumatic stress disorder. Sonia Reich becomes a face for PTSD—more than half a century after her powerful legacy began.

The unique evening will be held in the Adrian Tobias Room on campus, adjacent to Ritching Dining Hall. It will offer a buffet dinner and panel discussion with the movie, followed by a question and answer session. The event will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m., with opening remarks shortly before a buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. The screening will begin around 6:20 p.m. Panelists will be introduced at the conclusion of the film.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are requested, as seating is limited; please contact Stefanie Mineff (, or by calling 517.265.5161 ext. 3888. Funding for the documentary film presentation has been made possible by Sage Foundation.

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