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I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

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‘‘The Holocaust is a drug….”

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.

2010, 15 min 01 s

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Michael Moskovitz Award for a Film on a Jewish Theme
Prix J.I. Segal
14 novembre 2012, Montréal - Canada

Prix du meilleur film d’animation
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
Du 9 au 15 avril 2011, Vancouver - Canada

Mention spéciale du Prix du jury (Compétition court métrage)
Festival international du film
Du 20 mars au 5 avril 2011, Hong Kong - Chine