News; Filmed to Remember

By Rebecca Reed

As today is Holocaust memorial day we just wanted to take a moment of your time to remind us just how graced we are, to be free to live the lives we want in our (maybe not so perfect homeland). The terrible atrocities of ww2 were not that long ago and there are still many survivors but it is important to keep ourselves knowledgable about the horrific times people, in not too distant past, have gone though….we must never forget.

Enlightening us are 2 new films the ‘Anne Frank Parallel Stories’ staring award winning actress Helen Mirren and ‘Quezon’s Game’ both based on true stories. 

The story of Anne Frank is a tragic story about the Holocaust. Anne had aspirations of becoming a writer while living in a refugee camp in Amsterdam.  Being a historical moment that should never be forgotten about, Mirren said “We are beginning to lose the generation of people who are living witness of what happened in Europe in those terrible days, and so it’s all important to keep the memory alive looking into the future”.  

This film is telling Annes story, of a teenage girl who had desires and dreams. Intertwining with 5 other Holocaust survivors Arianna Szorenyi, Sarah Lichtsztejn-Montard, Helga Weiss and sisters Andra and Tatiana Bucci. Informing you of how they lost their families, friends and youth. The Holocaust but words on the blank pages of Annes diary and the story is now being told. 

Quezon’s Game is a biographical drama about Philippine President Manuel Quezon, future U.S President Dwight Eisenhower. Telling us the story on how they took in and save 1300 Jewish lives during the Holocaust from the ghetto of Austria and Germany. All while Quezon relapses with tuberculosis, while asking himself “could I have done more?”. Informing and enlightening us on one of the most uplifting but unknown stories from the Philippines. 

These films are honouring and remembering the survivors and the people who lost their lives is an important annual ritual not only is it a time for remembrance but it is a time we are able to be thankful for the freedom we have. 

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