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I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors

Directed by Ann Marie Fleming
Canada, 2010 (animation, 15 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "J'Útais une enfant de survivants de l'Holocauste"
I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors is director Ann Marie Fleming's animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's acclaimed illustrated memoir. Through an artful blend of Eisenstein's drawings, inventive animation and the author's own voice, the film weaves together personal and global history. Eisenstein explores her own identity from a past that her parents, both Auschwitz survivors, don't especially want to talk about. Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. The film explores identity and loss through the audacious proposition that the Holocaust is addictive and defining. I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors shakes up perspectives and conveys to a new generation the continuing legacy of the Second World War, which seared the word 'genocide' into our collective consciousness. This is a poignant and wry exploration of grief, love, acceptance and resilience, through the enduring quality of family bonds."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Ann Marie Fleming
Based on: I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors, a book by Bernice Eisenstein
Produced by: Michael Fukushima, Gerry Flahive, David Verrall, Silva Basmajian
Narrator: Bernice Eisenstein
Animation: Lillian Chan, Kevin Langdale, Howie Shia
Film Editing: Ann Marie Fleming, Ileana Pietrobruno
Music: Normand Roger, Pierre Yves Drapeau, Denis Chartrand
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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