A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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DVD release of the animated short I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

Press release


Marks the Days of Remembrance, May 1–8, 2011

Montreal, March 31, 2011 – Ann Marie Fleming's I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, an animated short based on the book by Bernice Eisenstein and produced by Michael Fukushima and Gerry Flahive of the National Film Board of Canada, will be released on DVD at the end of April, a few days prior to the Days of Remembrance in the United States (May 1 to 8, 2011). The DVD will be available at the NFB Store and can be ordered by telephone at 1-800-267-7710 or online at nfb.ca/store.

The DVD edition includes an exclusive video interview with the author of the book, Bernice Eisenstein, as well as an interview with filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, who was singled out in early March by Women in Film & Television Vancouver for the WIFTV Artistic Innovation Award. In December 2010, the animated short was included in Canada's Top Ten, a list of the year's ten best Canadian feature films and shorts.

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors will also screen in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre, this coming Friday to Sunday, April 1 to 3.

Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
Telephone: 310-478-3836

About the film

This adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's illustrated memoir is an artful blend of inventive animation and Eisenstein's own drawings and voice. Eisenstein explores her identity through a past that her parents, both Auschwitz survivors, don't especially want to talk about. Using the healing power of humour, filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. She examines identity and loss through the audacious proposition that the Holocaust is addictive and defining. The film is a poignant and wry exploration of grief, love, acceptance and resilience, and the enduring quality of family bonds.

About the NFB

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features almost 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, and now, Canada’s first film app for the Android platform.

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Media relations

Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-496-4486
Cellphone: 514-458-9745
Email: n.viau@nfb.ca