Channel 4 has commissioned a World War II docuseries from James Corden’s London- and Los Angeles-based indie Fulwell73 for the British pubcaster’s digital television platform More4.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, Auschwitz Untold in Colour will offer intimate first-hand accounts of resilience and endurance from 16 survivors of the Holocaust while also revealing the Nazi’s plans for cultural genocide against Jewish people and Romani people.
The 2 x 60-minute docuseries will also provide colorization of black and white archive footage of Auschwitz’s complex of 40-plus concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany where at least 1.1 million people died or were killed.
Auschwitz Untold in Colour will be broadcast on More4 in the UK later this month. In addition, the films will have a selected theatrical release.
David Shulman serves as producer and director. Fulwell73′s Leo Pearlman and BAFTA winner Neil Grant serve as executive producers on the film alongside Sheldon Lazarus as development producer.
“The 16 survivors who feature in this series tell their extraordinary accounts of survival and resistance against all odds in their own voices, and accompanied by remarkable colourised footage from the archives, we hope this series will help remove a barrier that separates contemporary audiences from the reality of the Holocaust so that we never ever forget the atrocities of the past,” said Fulwell73′s Lazarus in a statement.
“My ambition in making Auschwitz Untold was to have as much contemporary resonance as possible,” added Shulman. “The colorization of black and white archive is one aspect of making this history more accessible to a younger audience and giving greater humanity to the people seen in the footage.”
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