Shiva Kumar, senior producer for Evolve Media in NY recently directed and edited a feature length documentary titled Memory After Belsen. This film was written and produced by Shiva’s long time documentary production partner, Joshua M. Greene and executive produced by Henri Lustiger Thaler. Memory After Belsen premiered at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on Nov. 20th to commemorate the approaching 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
The film follows the granddaughter of a survivor as she discovers the reality of her grandmother’s concentration camp experience. Her journey to Bergen-Belsen serves as a springboard for exploring issues of memory. Voices of leading scholars and educators contribute to this unique program on the future of Holocaust memory and how it is portrayed in contemporary culture through film, the arts, human rights initiatives and education.
Evolve Media and Clayton Douglas collaborated with Kumar on the look and feel of the film and provided key visual effects to enhance the mainstream appeal of Memory After Belsen. Memory After Belsen has been accepted by Discovery Education for distribution to classrooms nationwide. Evolve Media is currently working on negotiating distribution rights for the film for national and International release. The Huffington Post wrote about the film and touches on the subject of remembering the Holocaust after the survivors are gone.
Check out the trailer for a peek into the documentary.