and Anna learn a lesson in discrimination and racial profiling when their
Grandmother takes them on a journey through a Brothers Grimm-like fairy tale: an
allegorical fable from the Grandmotherís past. It is a story of a land far, far
away where an evil king has passed a law against those who have black
fingernails. Anna and Meryl are transported into their Grandmotherís fairy tale.
Back in the living room, visibly moved, the girls ask their Grandmother where
she heard such a story. "Thatís another story," she replies, as the numbers
tattooed on her arm are revealed. Ages 7 and up.
"The film speaks universally to the phenomenon of hate and prejudice through the
technique of story telling." óChicago Intíl Childrenís
Winner of the Gold Apple,
National Educational Media Market
15 min., #602, Color, DVD, $29.95
Let Memory Speak
One and a half million children! The number staggers the imagination. Child survivor and educator Batia Bettman's sensitive documentary focuses on the most tragic victims of the Holocaust, the children, whose only "crime" was to have been born Jewish. Through the use of photographs, diaries, poems, memoirs and testimonies, the filmmaker personalizes the lives of the children before World War II, during the Holocaust, at Liberation and today, in a way that enables us to begin to comprehend their lives. The child survivors have only recently begun to tell their stories. The film explores the concept of how memory and legacy are transmitted from generation to generation, as evidenced in the very moving final segment filmed recently during the March of the Living. The young generation has now returned to walk in the footsteps of those who perished. With music written, arranged and performed by Zalmen
the Bronze Plaque, 2001 Columbus International Film & Video Festival for
Outstanding Educational Video
27 min., #624, Color, DVD, $39.95
Shortly after Kristallnacht in November of 1938, the British House of Commons authorized the entry of children to Great Britain as transmigrants. Almost 10,000 Jewish children from Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia were saved from almost certain death in what became known as the kindertransport; most never saw their parents again. By interspersing her subjects' narratives with photographs of them as children, filmmaker Hilary Gatoff enables us to follow their lives from traumatic childhood to successful adulthood.
30 min., #617, Color, English language narration, DVD, $39.95
World of Anne Frank
A poignant and informative docu-drama on Anne Frank
for children, ages 10 through adult. This video is highlighted by dramatic
recreations from Anne's diary. They are effectively interspersed with
documentary information including rare film footage, photographs and interviews
with Anne's father and those who risked their lives to hide the Frank family in
World War II Amsterdam.
the Parents' Choice Award
28 min., #611, Color, DVD, $39.95
the Past to Ensure the Future
Ray Errol Fox's soulful video deals with the 1,500,000 Jewish children
who perished in the Holocaust. We join visitors, young and old, white
and black, Jew and Gentile, as they express their shock at the incomprehensible
realities with which they are confronted on their visit to Jerusalem's
Yad Vashem museum and its haunting Children's Memorial. Fox juxtaposes
footage of racist violence with the poetry and artwork of children who died in
the camps, making this a most powerful experience.
"Very important to watch this tape!"-Children's
Academy Award Nominee-"Best Short Subject Documentary"
Blue Ribbon Winner, American Film/Video Festival
Winner of the Parents' Choice Award
15 min., #620, Color, DVD, $29.95
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