Co-directed by Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman and already the recipient of several audience awards from assorted film festivals, this documentary shines its spotlight on survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities: the Holocaust, Darfur, Rwanda and Congo. In all cases, the individuals have risen above their past horrors to become educators and inspirational agents of change. Each presents a story of hope that has emerged from the most dire of circumstances and the most abhorrent element of the human psyche. While we may never understand how humanity can teeter so close to the abyss through genocide, this film aims to share the wisdom of those who looked into that abyss and triumphed over it.
Partners: Righteous Pictures, distributed through Cinephil (Israel)
Premiered: Oxford Film Festival, 2010
Volume/length: 56 minutes; 88 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide