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Humanity in Action's Two Trees in Jerusalem selected for Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival



Humanity in Action is happy to announce that its animated short film Two Trees in Jerusalem is an official selection for the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival. The 21st edition of the annual festival takes place from June 19-July 22, 2022.

“Two Trees in Jerusalem” was co-produced by Humanity in Action’s Executive Director Judith Goldstein and Irene Braam, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Written by Samuel George and directed by Juan Pablo de Gamboa, “Two Trees in Jerusalem” profiles the remarkable history of Eberhard and Donata Helmrich, who together saved the lives of countless Jews during the Holocaust. The pair worked as a husband-and-wife team in the eye of the storm, in Berlin and the blood-soaked fields of Eastern Europe, devising ever-more daring gambits to save any life they could, even as death surrounded them. 

The history is dramatically narrated by the couple’s daughter Cornelia, who was called into her parents’ confidence as a young child, and was imbued with an inner-strength that guided her work decades later as a journalist, politician and as the Federal Comissioner for Foreigner’s Affairs. 

“Two Trees in Jerusalem” is based on a same-name book by Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, Humanity in Action Germany’s honorary chair. The film has previously been selected to the Miami Jewish Film Festival, the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, the Budapest Film Festival and the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival.

The film will be streamed for viewers in the Michigan region on the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival’s website  between July 17-22. Tickets are available here.