2024 Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

GIADO – Holocaust in the Desert [Virtual Film Screening]

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ANNE (10 minutes) 

by Adi Eshman and Desirée Abeyta

Tuesday, February 20 | 7pm ET | Virtual 


Sharon Ada Yaish, GIADO Director and Producer

Livia Tagliacozzo, PhD student at the department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Presenting Partner: Holocaust Education Fund, History Department, Miami University

Additional partnership support from The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

Two actresses have made it to the final callbacks for the role of a lifetime: to play Anne Frank in an upcoming staged production. But as the topic of color-blind casting makes its way into the audition room, the controversial question emerges: who is best suited to portray Anne Frank?

ANNE is a film that aims to explore the nuances within cultural representation, in addition to the importance of why stories like Anne Frank’s continue to be told. Is it more important to accurately “be” something, or to accurately “represent” something? Is “authenticity” synonymous with perception? And, as storytellers, how do we define the difference between empathy and appropriation? These are the questions raised through the eyes of two women both “right” for the role.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    10 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
  • Note
    ANNE was in consideration for the 2023 Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short and has been selected at over 30 film festivals in the US and Canada.
  • Director
    Desirée Abeyta
  • Screenwriter
    Adi Eshman
  • Producer
    India McKinney
  • Cast
    Natasha Roland, Samanthia Nixon
  • Cinematographer
    Austin Smoak