Staffs Uni History Society - Exodus 1937 Documentary (UK Premiere)

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G026 Cadman Courtyard

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Screening One: 3pm // Screening Two: 5pm

Light Refreshments and a Small Buffet are available.

The UK Premiere of Exodus 1937. Tickets are free but a donation to charity would be appreciated.

Exodus 1937 is not an ordinary film. This documentary shows the exciting research undertaken by a young girl determined to establish the roots of a family myth and to bring to life the story of how her great-grandfather and how he helped two Jewish families to escape from Nazi Germany in 1937.

The 14-year-old Abigail Mathew from Osnabrück produced a remarkable film, which transport the viewer back to a nostalgic time in history. Abigail created a film about her great-granddad, in a very thoughtful and moving way.

She has been awarded the Student Peace Prize for her documentary. The prize is awarded annually by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony. It is intended to recognize projects and initiatives that promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The award ceremony was held on 16 Feb. 2017 in the Guesthouse of the Lower Saxony State parliament. At the presentation of the award, the State Education Minister, Frauke Heiligenstadt, acknowledged the film as "An outstanding and unique achievement".

The actors are amateurs, as well as the technicians. There was no formal screenplay for the project - ideas were bounced around between members of the crew while the research notes were worked on. Inspiration sprang spontaneously from team meetings and discussions. There was no funding - costs were met from the team members' own pockets. Most spoken parts have been dubbed into English by the original participants, but there are five additional voices which have been recorded in England and sent over to Abigail and her crew.#

A documentary film by Abigail Mathew

Germany 2016, 93 min.

An Abi & Friends G.d.V. (Do Not Forget) Production

Camera: Lennart Hoffart, Simon Jansen and Thomas Schreiber

Crew: Lea Sophia Hoffart, Karl-Heinz and Nicole Jansen

Overall Management: Mark, Beate and Abigail Mathew

Director: Abi’s Crew

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