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     I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF SIMON WIESENTHAL
USA, 105 mins, Color (Adult Content)

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Richard Trank
Screenwriters/Producers: Marvin Hier, Richard Trank
Original Music: Lee Holdridge
Cinematographer: Jeff Victor
Editor: Inbal B. Lessner
Cast: Simon Wiesenthal, Nicole Kidman (narration)


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Academy Award winning documentarian Richard Trank's new heart-rending film I Have Never Forgotten You - The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal concerns Wiesenthal, a concentration camp survivor released from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in 1945 on the verge of death from starvation. During his imprisonment, Wiesenthal dreamed of one-day re-entering society and establishing himself as an architect, but the atrocities of the camp pointed Wiesenthal's life and career in a much different direction. When Wiesenthal returned to the outside world, with 89 of his family members exterminated by the Holocaust, he vowed to track down and bring to justice as many of the perpetrators of the Nazi atrocity as he could find and spent years at this task, via a running list of the camp torturers, that he had secretly kept as a detainee. In the early years, with much of the world still ignorant of the extent of the Holocaust, Wiesenthal was virtually a one-man operation, but in time, he joined forces with the American War Crimes Unit and U.S. Army War Crimes Committee to see the task through to fruition. All told, Wiesenthal helped incriminate an astonishing 1,100 individuals, including the leaders and his overarching goal, astonishingly, was not cold blooded revenge but a simple love of humanity - the need to free future generations from the dark shadow of the Nazi threat.
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Richard Trank
Throughout the 1980’s, Mr. Trank was an accomplished producer of radio news and public affairs programming, having written and produced more than 5,000 one minute radio features and more than 300 half-hour radio documentaries aired nationally by the Public Affairs Broadcast Group. He came to the Wiesenthal Center in 1981 to create and produce its weekly news radio magazine Page One. In 1990, he co-produced the documentary Echoes That Remain, about life in pre-WWII Eastern Europe, narrated by Martin Landau and Miriam Margolyes. The film won the 1992 Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Jury Award. In 1994, he was the Executive Producer of Liberation, the inaugural production of Moriah Films. In 1997, he produced The Long Way Home. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film examines the period between 1945-48, when the survivors of the Holocaust rebuilt their lives and helped to create the state of Israel. The Long Way Home won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1998.
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An animated telling of the cycles of life through a woman and the moon.

 
Showings
06/8/07 07:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 
06/10/07 09:00 AMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 


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