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What to know: Very informative and personal.
VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ, A is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
9 minutes
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This film is informative and made out of personal desire. The kids behind show genuine effort and care and are successful in their message. It shares a universal message that appeals to all ages capable of understanding. The language is age appropriate and the concept is carried through quite well. They didn't try to make it overly complex. It flows well and has a good arc. It is quite watchable. The only thing I'd say, is that certain moments captured of people talking or being interviewed are a tad long and perhaps having some different angles edited into those moments would help the pace. It is nicely shot in documentary style. The picture is clear and concise. The audio is quite acceptable. The kids behind this have such a passion and it shows. The use of their real life subjects are nearly expertly used and the style of the production is very close to being expert level as well. There are a few minor things here and there that could be improved, but overall, the drive with which the kids tell the story is too much to pass over. This deserves to be seen. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
This middle school student production is remarkable in that it offers insight into the history of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz and Holocaust survivors. This film would be suitable for history teachers to show to their students when studying the history of the Holocaust. It provides an inside look by a group of middle school students who visited the camp on the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. This topic is very sensitive and something that anyone would watch and learn from. The production of the film is clear and clean and the audio is clear. My biggest concern in recommending it for inclusion in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is that it lacks the pace and entertainment value for a film festival. The narrative is a bit too laid back and I am uncertain that the film quality would show well on the big screen. The beginning of the film, which tells the background of the story, has no video. It is all done with still pictures and a voiceover. The cinematography, visuals, and sound track are very simple. The best part of this short film is that it was filmed in Auschwitz and we see the first hand experiences of the students who visited on this auspicious anniversary. I really like that this film takes place there as it offers an inside look at the place, the history and the people who survived as well as those who did not. The information presented here is accurate and specific. It is reliable, has legit sources and provides an interview with a survivor. The film flows well, is very clear and informational. It is structured smoothly and is understandable. Although the continuity and structure is well done, I question whether it would hold the attention of film festival attendees unless the festival's theme is about the Holocaust. In a general themed festival, the viewers may not find this well enough presented to hold their interest. I would have liked to seen more about the experience of the students who went on this trip, hear their comments and how this experience influenced them. That would have given it more personal appeal. I cannot wholeheartedly accept it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic although I admire the work. If accepted, it would be suitable for ages 11 to 18. Reviewed by Maria G., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
This is a documentary about a group of middle school students traveling to Poland with Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor for the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. The video is from the kids' perspective. It includes highlights of the trip and reflections of what they learned.
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