MEMBERS Q&A SCREENING | FEB 1 2023 | SYD THE RITZ & MELB CLASSIC ELSTERNWICK

ABOUT THE FILM

Director Jordy Sank | Cast Ella Blumental | Genre Documentary | Runtime 76 min | Country South Africa

A life-affirming documentary that celebrates the remarkable life of Ella Blumenthal, whose magnetic personality and spirit has remained undimmed despite living through one of history's darkest chapters. One of the oldest living survivors to bear witness to the Holocaust, Ella celebrates her 98th birthday in the film, where she reveals to close friends and family profound memories of her incredible survival in a way she has never done before. Now 100 years old, she continues to encourage us with her strength. Ella's incredible life journey demonstrates an unwavering appreciation and zest for life that offers a universal message of resilience for a world that continues to divide when it should unite. In the face of unfathomable hate, Ella chooses to inspire us through love. Now more than ever, her story teaches us the importance of compassion and tolerance.

THE EVENT - 1 FEBRUARY 

You are invited for a special screening of I AM HERE and exclusive live virtual Q&A with the filmmakers.

SPECIAL Q&A GUESTS

Director Jordy Sank and Producer Gabriella Blumberg

Jordy Sank, two-time SAFTA winning South African Director, Screenwriter and Producer, and Gabriella Blumberg, South African producer and director, are known for their feature documentary “I Am Here” (2021), and Afrikaans short film “Leemtes en Leegheid (A Void)” (2022). “I Am Here” won Best South African Documentary (which qualified it for Academy Award consideration) and the Audience Choice Award at the Durban International Film Festival 2021, among other international awards.

Dr Simon Holloway | Q&A Host

Dr Simon Holloway is the Head of Education at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM). He works closely with survivors of the Holocaust, facilitating an opportunity for them to share their experiences with students and with members of the general public. Before moving to Melbourne, Simon spent six years as an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, and as a sessional academic at the University of Sydney, where he delivered seminars on Nazi racial hygiene, Jewish resistance and the history of the Holocaust. At present, Simon is presiding over the creation of a suite of new education programs at the MHM.

LOCATIONS

NSW - Ritz Cinemas, Randwick 7:00PM Wednesday 1st February. Book tickets for Randwick screening here: https://www.ritzcinemas.com.au/movies/i-am-here

VIC - Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick 7:00PM Wednesday 1st February. Book tickets for Elsternwick screening here:https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/movies/i-am-here

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Director >

Jordy Sank

Cast >

Ella Blumenthal

Genre >

Documentary

Classification >

M

Running Time >

76 mins

Country >

South Africa

MEMBERS Q&A SCREENING | FEB 1 2023 | SYD THE RITZ & MELB CLASSIC ELSTERNWICK

A life-affirming documentary that celebrates the remarkable life of Ella Blumenthal, whose magnetic personality and spirit has remained undimmed despite living through one of history's darkest chapters. One of the oldest living survivors to bear witness to the Holocaust, Ella celebrates her 98th birthday in the film, where she reveals to close friends and family profound memories of her incredible survival in a way she has never done before. Now 100 years old, she continues to encourage us with her strength. Ella's incredible life journey demonstrates an unwavering appreciation and zest for life that offers a universal message of resilience for a world that continues to divide when it should unite. In the face of unfathomable hate, Ella chooses to inspire us through love. Now more than ever, her story teaches us the importance of compassion and tolerance.

"Director Jordy Sanks beautifully moving documentary, I AM HERE, captures the horrors of one of the darkest chapters in history, while also reminding the audience of the importance of love, family and an appreciation for life."

"I AM HERE is a stark reminder that we cannot ever forget the horrors of Nazi Germany, and more importantly, ensure that future generations understand and appreciate what took place." Kaplan vs. Kaplan

MEMBERS Q&A SCREENING | FEB 1 2023 | SYD THE RITZ & MELB CLASSIC ELSTERNWICK

A life-affirming documentary that celebrates the remarkable life of Ella Blumenthal, whose magnetic personality and spirit has remained undimmed despite living through one of history's darkest chapters. One of the oldest living survivors to bear witness to the Holocaust, Ella celebrates her 98th birthday in the film, where she reveals to close friends and family profound memories of her incredible survival in a way she has never done before. Now 100 years old, she continues to encourage us with her strength. Ella's incredible life journey demonstrates an unwavering appreciation and zest for life that offers a universal message of resilience for a world that continues to divide when it should unite. In the face of unfathomable hate, Ella chooses to inspire us through love. Now more than ever, her story teaches us the importance of compassion and tolerance.

"Director Jordy Sanks beautifully moving documentary, I AM HERE, captures the horrors of one of the darkest chapters in history, while also reminding the audience of the importance of love, family and an appreciation for life."

"I AM HERE is a stark reminder that we cannot ever forget the horrors of Nazi Germany, and more importantly, ensure that future generations understand and appreciate what took place." Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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