Film wins RI award as ‘Best Documentary’


“Etched in Glass:  The Legacy of Steve Ross” premiered recently at the Rhode Island International Film Festival where it received the “Audience Choice - Best Documentary” award.  Now the fully completed film will be screened as part of the Roving Eye International Film Festival at Roger Williams University on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

“Etched In Glass” tells the true story of Steve Ross, a boy who endured five horrific years in 10 concentration camps during World War II.  He was rescued by an American soldier, who showed him kindness and gave him a little American flag. This sparked his resilience, propelling him to dedicate his life to helping disadvantaged young people for more than 40 years as a youth worker in Boston.

Steve Ross then became the driving force behind the creation of the iconic New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. All the while, he searched tirelessly for the soldier who saved him, and inspired him to save the lives of hundreds of teenagers in Boston. Ross wanted that soldier to know that he had dedicated his own life to helping at-risk youth just like that soldier had helped him in 1945. The powerful and uplifting story takes a dramatic turn in Saunderstown, leading to the climactic ending.

The film’s director, Roger Lyons, and members of the Ross family will be present for an audience question-and-answer session after the film.

The screening will be on the Bristol campus of Roger Williams University at the Global Heritage Hall, Room 01.  It’s free and open to the public.