News Release

Monday, November 22, 2004

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM

An evening of film and discussion at the Naro in Ghent

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The CHKD Bioethics Committee and the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film will host a free evening of film and discussion on December 8 at 7-10 p.m. at the Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk. The program will feature a presentation of the critically-acclaimed, 1990 film “Korczak,” which tells the compelling tale of pediatrician Dr. Janusz Korczak, the director of an orphanage in Poland dedicated to the physical and psychological well-being of “his” children during the Holocaust. In 1942, Dr. Korczak rejected an offer by the Nazis to spare his life and instead accompanied 200 orphans first to the Warsaw ghetto, then to Treblinka. Following the film, renowned medical ethicist and pediatrician Dr. John Lantos, from the University of Chicago, will lead a discussion about the movie and how it relates to communicating with children about death. Lantos will be in Hampton Roads to participate as the featured presenter during CHKD’s 15th Annual Bioethics Day the following day at the hospital, which also will focus on end-of-life issues and the consequences of medical limitations in caring for children and their families. There is no charge for admission to the Naro program, but tickets must be obtained in advance by calling (757) 668-7500. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the free public program or the 15th Annual Bioethics Day, visit our Community Calendar.