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How do we tell the next generation about the Holocaust? With the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz having recently been commemorated, a new phase of memory is beginning where the story and message of the Holocaust needs to be passed onto the next generation. In this animated, life-affirming documentary I Am Here, a Holocaust survivor living in Cape Town is trying to do just that. At her 98th birthday celebration, Ella Blumenthal 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. 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. I Am Here shares a universal message of resilience, compassion, and tolerance at this most urgent time when the world still defines itself by what is “other.”

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Jordy Sank, film subject Ella Blumenthal, producer Gabriella Blumberg, editor Esther Badenhorst, and moderator Richard Freedman. To view the conversation please click here.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Premiere
    Florida Premiere
  • Director
    Jordy Sank
  • Cast
    Ella Blumenthal
  • Cinematographer
    Rick Joaquim
  • Editor
    Esther Badenhorst
  • Animator
    Greg Bakker
  • Music
    Edward George King