No Place on Earth

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.  •  Lawson Hall, Room 1142, Purdue University


Exploring a cave in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.


Immediately following the screening a Q&A session with producer Janet Tobiasa. A second showing available after Sunday afternoon sessions and before evening panel.


About the Film

October 1942 -- Esther Stermer, along with some family members and a group of other families, seek asylum underground to evade being caught by pursuing Nazis. They remain hidden below for nearly a year and a half -- the longest recorded uninterrupted underground survival occurrence.


Their harrowing story is unearthed by accident when cave explorer, Chris Nicola, stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers. Through extensive research and determination, Nicola locates a few of the survivors and has them share their incredible story of strength and perseverance.


67 years later, Chris leads four of the survivors back to Ukraine to say thank you to "the cave."


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Interview with survivors


About Janet Tobias

Janet Tobias Janet Tobias started her film and television career at CBS 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer's associate producer. She then worked as a producer at ABC News Prime Time Live, as the editorial producer for ABC's legal and criminal justice coverage, a national producer at Dateline NBC, and an executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television). After working at the networks, she moved to PBS where she produced/directed a four hour joint Frontline/Nightline project on the juvenile justice system in California, and executive produced the Emmy award winning PBS Life 360. In 2001, she co-founded Sierra/Tango Productions, which has produced over 20 films on subjects ranging from 13-year-old girls to US veterans returning from war. No Place On Earth, marks her debut as a theatrical director.


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