"From Camera Lens to Conspiracies: What Zapruder Saw Then to What the World Sees Now"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
4747 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Presentation by Alexandra Zapruder. Interview by Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, to follow.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder left his office hoping for a glimpse of President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade as it passed by Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The twenty-six seconds of footage depicting the JFK assassination is now iconic, forever embedded in American culture and identity. The first major instance of citizen journalism, this amateur film forced Zapruder to face unprecedented dilemmas. Now his granddaughter Alexandra uses previously sealed archival sources, personal family records, and interviews to explore issues of privacy, ethics, public representation of violence, and the media’s role in disseminating information.

Alexandra Zapruder began her career on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which she saw produced as I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences nominated for two Emmy awards. She also served as the guest curator for an exhibition of original diaries at Holocaust Museum Houston. Alexandra travels around the country and speaks to thousands of teachers, students, and others about her work.