The project is supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group
Time is running out — the memory remains
Anna's War is a film about Holocaust told through the tragic story of a Jewish girl. This is a reminder of the terrible events of the past and a call to draw attention to one of the most dramatic problems of today - children whose lives are destroyed by war. The main role was played by 6-year-old actress Marta Kozlova, for whom it was her debut. Anna’s War is an independent project; it was shot without government support, at the expense of the creators and with the contribution of Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Ilia Salita, President and CEO Genesis Philanthropy Group supports Anna's War:
The working version of the film is already selected for the participation at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 24 - February 4, 2018), which is one of the five most prestigious festivals in Europe.
With the aim to finish the film’s postproduction in time for the festival and reveal it to the world-wide audience we need your help and support!
Anna’s parents were murdered amidst the mass-execution of Jewish people. Anna miraculously survives due to her mother’s sacrifice who covered her little girl with her body. Anna spent a few years living in a disused fireplace in the Commandant’s office. From her shelter she watched as life passed by until the village was liberated from the Nazis. In the fireplace she tries to create the home she has lost. In these inhuman conditions Anna doesn’t only survive but somehow manages to hold on to her humanity. Many factors help her: memories from her past life swept away by war, the cultural foundations laid by her parents and a friend who saves her from loneliness. The film addresses a topic which is difficult to comprehend for modern men who grew up on the humanistic principles. This complexity required a search for new ways of expression. The viewer gets fully immersed in the enclosed terrible world of little Anna and feels deep compassion for her.
We want to share the awarness of the terrible events that must not be forgotten and never be repeated. The tragedy of Holocaust divided Western civilization’s history into “before” and “after”. It remains one of the most relevant subjects of today. Learning terrible lessons of the past is no guarantee but it grants a chance to avoid atrocities in the modern world where movements such as neo-Nazism and extremism can again become prevalent.
The Anna’s War feature film by Aleksey Fedorchenko is now in the final stage of production. We are currently planning an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to finish the project and present it to the wide audience at the festival's premiere. We believe that this is the most appropriate fundraising method; considering our project’s nonprofit nature and its humanitarian mission. We hope that this campaign enables us to finish the film the best possible way and lets us fully realize its humanitarian and charity potential. In case of the film’s success the box office will go to the charities helping children in need.
We will be extremely grateful for your support for our Anna’s War crowdfunding campaign!
The film has already received a lot of positive feedback from the selectors of film festivals, film critics, journalists as well as actors who looked at the working version of the picture. Here are a few quotes:
"This film is finely done, intelligent, with no hypocrisy, it’s soul-piercing. "Anna's War" is an artistic appeal to humanity,"- Danila Kozlovsky, actor
"A truly auteur film, very good, very honest. To me it seems very important for the film to reach the audience,"- Kseniya Rappoport, actress
“I would like to support the fundraising for the completion of Aleksey Fedorchenko’s new film. From his very first full-length film The First on the Moon Fedorchenko shoots in the exceptional style of humanism, serene wisdom and all-embracing irony. This film is both very European and very Russian",- Leonid Parfyonov, journalist, director.
«We believe that the Anna's War film directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko should be presented to an international audience. It’s not only another artistic contribution to commemoration of the Holocaust tragedy that should be passed to the younger generation but also it has a very unusual way to highlight this incredibly hard subject” - Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (Moscow, Russia)
"Aleksey Fedorchenko's film brings back the humane perspective to the Holocaust: it's not a global tragedy which due to its scale can never be fully comprehended but the tragedy of one heroine who is just a little Jewish girl", - employees of the House of Jewish Culture "YESOD"
The lead role is played by 6-year old actress, Marta Kozlova. Despite her young age she carries the emotion of the entire narration
Director - Aleksey Fedorchenko
Director of photography - Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Sound engineer - Vincent Arnardi
Producers - Andrey Saveliev, Artem Vasiliev, Maxim Lojevsky
Executive producer -Dmitriy Vorobyov
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