We are thrilled to announce that Humanity in Action’s animated short film “Voices in the Void” is an official selection for the Hayah International Short Film Festival. This year, the program was available in person in the Cinépolis El Dorado theater in Panama City on November 28th. Voices in the Void received an honorable mention for raising historical awareness at the festival.
Voices in the Void was 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.