Denver Jewish Film Festival 2022

I Am Here - Available On-Demand Feb. 21 - 27

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A life-affirming documentary that celebrates the remarkable life of Ella Blumenthal. At her 98th birthday celebrations she opens up to close friends and family about her story of survival during the Holocaust, in a way she has never done before. Her recollections, depicted through dynamic 2D animation, include tales of three concentration camps, and of narrowly escaping death in a gas chamber. Along with uplifting stories, like Ella dissuading her niece from ending her life. The animation is juxtaposed with present day footage of Ella performing her weekly spiritual rituals, being active in the swimming pool and walking on the promenade in Cape Town. She is not your average grandmother, her vivacious personality and her positive outlook on life is truly inspiring. A universal message of resilience - as Ella is the epitome of the will to survive. This film could not be more relevant in a world that still defines itself by what is other.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    English, Hebrew, Yiddish
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Premiere
    Denver
  • Director
    Jordy Sank
  • Producer
    Gabriella Blumberg, Jordy Sank
  • Cast
    Ella Blumenthal
  • Cinematographer
    Rick Joaquim
  • Editor
    Esther Badenhorst
  • Composer
    Edward George King