Documentary Filmed in Poland, Germany, Brazil, Israel and the US
Warsaw – 4 June 2013 – Sundance Channel will broadcast the acclaimed documentary March of the Living from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jessica Sanders on 2 July at 19:40 (CET). The documentary highlights the network’s commitment to offering audiences high quality independent films.
March of the Livingtells the story of the last generation of Holocaust survivors traveling to Poland with thousands of teenagers from around the world to revisit the sites of the Holocaust and retrace the Death March from Auschwitz to Birkenau, in a journey of remembrance. Filmed in Brazil, Germany, Poland, Israel and the US, the film tells the moving story of the survivors’ hope of passing down their history and memory of the Holocaust to the next generation.
The documentary follows survivors and teens from Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Berlin on an emotional journey as they confront the enormity of the past and the possibility of hope in a visit to Israel on its 60th anniversary. A contemporary and unique look at the Holocaust, the film features striking cinematography of the concentration camps today and images and artifacts never seen. The film raises questions about Holocaust memory as it relates to genocides worldwide today and about what will happen when the remaining survivors, now in their 80s and 90s, will be gone.
March of the Living was nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2010. It will be repeated on Sundance Channel on 14 July at 18:00 and 25 July at 22:45.
Sanders, who wrote and directed the documentary, is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and award-winning commercial director. Her film After Innocence won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize in 2005. The film was shortlisted for the Academy Award, premiered on Showtime in the US and was released theatrically by New Yorker Films. Sanders also produced the film Sing!, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 2002.