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Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit tells the remarkable story of educator Judy Meisel, a Holocaust survivor whose experiences during and after World War II inspired a life-long campaign against bigotry, intolerance, and racism. The film follows her back to Eastern Europe and retraces her steps through the Kovno ghetto, the Stutthof concentration camp, and her liberation and recuperation in Denmark. Ultimately Judy’s path led to the United States, where, after witnessing race riots in 1963, she discovered that only unflinching vigilance against racism could safeguard the liberty of all peoples. She began to champion the cause of tolerance at schools across the country, a campaign which she carries on to this day.
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The film began as an independent, low-budget labor of love between three USC Cinema-Television students. A year and a half later, TAK FOR ALT (Thanks for All) has won several awards, been shown on public television across the country, and is being used everywhere as an educational tool to teach tolerance.
Filmmakers Laura Bialis, Sarah Levy, and Broderick Fox met on the first day of USC film school in the fall of 1996, each with little hands-on experience, but a shared passion for the communicative potential of moving pictures. Nine months later, the three found themselves in the remote Lithuanian countryside, filming Meisel as she searched for her father’s grave in an abandoned Jewish cemetery just outside the tiny shtetl town of Jasvene.Review:
As the filmmakers follow Meisel on a trip to retrace the journey, her reactions give human dimension to global horror. -- LA Weekly, November 10, 2000
It's a grandly done production. -- The Hollywood Reporter, May 1, 2000
Listening to Meisel, it is as through Anne Frank had miraculously lived. Meisel's eloquence is as moving as Frank's diaries. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2000
Once you meet Meisel in TAK FOR ALT, an extraordinary documentary about her extraordinary life, she will be your heroine. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2000
The hour-long film is awesome in its method of telling Meisel's amazing story. -- The Jewish Voice, April 14, 2000
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