We are thrilled to announce that Humanity in Action’s animated short film “Voices in the Void” is an official selection for the esteemed American Documentary and Animation Film Festival. The 10th Annual AmDocs Film Fest took place from March 26 to April 4, 2021.
“Voices in the Void” is co-produced by our Executive Director Judith Goldstein and Irene Braam, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Written by Samuel George and directed by Juan Pablo de Gamboa, “Voices in the Void” tells the story of the Melchior family in occupied Denmark and their escape to Sweden during October 1943. Thousands of Danes refused to turn their backs on their Jewish neighbors and despite extreme risks, Danish compatriots – particularly clergy and fishermen – assisted the Melchior family in their escape.
The film is narrated by the late Rabbi Bent Melchior, who was 14 years old during the rescue, and Danish actress Ina-Miriam Rosenbaum. Along the way, the audience witnesses instances of generosity and cruelty; beauty and evil; lightness and darkness. Seventy-five years after the fall of Nazi Germany, “Voices in the Void” is a moving story of resistance and resilience that promises to educate new generations about this important chapter of history.
Palm Springs Life, a California-based publication, recently spoke with Teddy Grouya, director of AmDocs Film Fest. Despite the virtual nature of the event this year, there were nearly 2,000 submissions. Of those 2,000 submissions, the team invited approximately 250 films to the festival. Of those 250 selections, Grouya chose “Voices in the Void” as one of eight that he recommends that viewers see. You can read the full article here.
To experience the powerful story of “Voices in the Void” yourself, you can purchase a Film Fest ticket here.