This week, as we remember and honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day, millions of lives lost to genocide, and the important stories of holocaust survivors, First Weekend Club and CanadaScreens.ca invite you to include watching 2 Canadian Films we have available for Rent on CanadaScreens.ca : REMEMBER, byAcademy Award® nominated director, Atom Egoyan, starring Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer, and I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, by Ann Marie Fleming.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 200,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution on 1 November 2005.
The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Films available on CanadaScreens.ca
By Academy-Award Nominated director, Atom Egoyan.
Starring Academy Award Winning Actor Christopher Plummer.
(This film won 2016 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Original Screenplay to Benjamin August, Best Motion Picture, and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Christopher Plummer).
Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, (Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer), who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences.
I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS (short film)
By Ann Marie Fleming
This short animation is director Ann Marie Fleming’s animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir. Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. The film sensitively explores identity and loss through the audacious proposition that the Holocaust is addictive and defining.
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