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"This film imbues in its audience the sense of sorrow and respect   that the masterpiece, Life is Beautiful, brought to the screen."  

- Moving Pictures Magazine



Poet Maya Angelou writes: “I know why the caged bird sings.” So does director Hilary Helstein, who has traveled the world over the past decade, compiling interviews with survivors who have given us something that history couldn’t; a journal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of the artist, through the eyes of people who by the very act of creating, rebelled and risked their lives by doing what they were forbidden to do.


As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds. It features Simon Wiesenthal, the children of Terezin (“60 Minutes”) and Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, personal artist to Dr. Mengele (New York Times, People Magazine). The score features music by Sony BMG’s Anna Nalick and Grammy-winning Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics.



I made over a thousand pictures. I don't want to forget."


~Karl Stojka

Gypsy survivor, artist


"My family in Auschwitz"

by Karl Stoyka