As Seen Through These Eyes

 

Film Info

Country USA
Language English
Year of Release 2008
Running Time 70 minutes

Crew

Director Hilary Helstein
Writer Hilary Helstein
Producer Hilary Helstein
Producer Michael Rosendale
Producer Amy James

Cast

Narrator Maya Angelou

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Synopsis

As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds.

Reviews

Moving Pictures

Opening with poet Maya Angelou's authoritative whispers as she recites "I know why the caged bird sings," As Seen Through These Eyesbears witness to the art of the inspired souls whose compulsion to create art in the most dire of circumstances sometimes saved their lives, but also aided thousands of others to touch upon their experiences from within the most oppressive man-slaughter in recent history.

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The Jewish Citizen

As Seen Through These Eyes documents the escalation of horror in Nazi-run Europe from the promulgation of anti-Jewish laws to the development of concentration camps, gas chambers and crematoria. What distinguishes this documentary is that it juxtaposes historic newsreel footage with the drawings, paintings and interviews of artists who were able to document the genocide that they survived.

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The Miami Herald

At the age of 9, Nazis took Judith Goldstein to the Vilna Ghetto, separating her from her father and brother, and forcing her into a life of torture and fear during the Holocaust. She and her mother spent four years at Vilna and the Stutthof Concentration Camp.

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Awards

Best Feature Documentary
Thessalonki Documentary Festival

Best Documentary
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary
Miami Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary
Winnipeg International Film Festival

Best Documentary
Bronze Phoenix Award
Warsaw International Festival of Jewish Motifs

Best Film
International Jewish Film Festival in Argentina

Best Documentary Runner-Up
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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