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As Seen Through These Eyes (2009)

Narrated by Maya Angelou , Hilary Helstein  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Narrated by Maya Angelou
  • Directors: Hilary Helstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Menemsha Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RT3SQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "As Seen Through These Eyes" on IMDb

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Hilary Helstein (Director/Producer/Writer) began her career in the world of humanitarian causes. With her work with Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, she directed and produced over 200 segments and interviewed many prominent Holocaust survivors, military liberators and rescuers; among them, Simon Wiesenthal, Nobel Prize recipient Walter Kohn, and renowned Rabbi Graudenz, part of the Sugihara rescue committee. In addition, she traveled to remote areas to interview survivors with unique experiences, including several members of the Varian Fry rescue mission, Chief of Staff of the US Army, and a "Mengele twin". Hilary's expertise was utilized to train other interviewers and for quality assurance throughout every English-speaking region in the world. She reviewed an additional 300 testimonies. Hilary's deep passion for the film and the arts led her to her most recent creation of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. As Festival Director, Hilary has facilitated completing two successful years of this citywide event. Prior to that, in 2005, Hilary produced and directed a documentary on world renowned Rabbi Harold Schulweis. In addition to filmmaking, Hilary has worked in another capacity in the cultural arts. In 2004, she curated an exhibition of paintings, Samuel Bak: Between Worlds on surrealist, Samuel Bak for the Finegood Gallery. Prior to that, Hilary co-curated the art exhibit, Memory and Meaning: the Holocaust Through the Eyes of the Artist, for the Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. She worked with over 40 artists and personally brought to it the most recognized artists in this genre including Art Spiegelman and Mindy Wiesel. Ms. Helstein was segment producer for the documentary series, America! which aired on the Odyssey Network. In addition, she directed an educational project for the Museum of Tolerance and an oral history project for CalArts. Hilary started her career in LA in film development for actor Tom Hanks.

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As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fat

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5.0 out of 5 stars As Seen Through Tese Eyes March 25, 2011
By Devorah
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Extremely well done. Holds your attention with file photos of period and interviews with people who experienced the horror and survived. The films are hard to watch but the interviews and Maya Angelo's voice calms the situation for a historical lesson of man's brutality to man, side by side with man's kindness to one another helping each other to have hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artworks produced during the Holocaust and after June 20, 2014
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A very different view of the Holocaust - as seen through the eyes of artists (mostly children at the time) who secretly produced art while in captivity and after. Dramatic and moving interviews with surviving artists and good presentation of the artworks. I watched with a group and we all thought it was a wonderful view of these events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving June 1, 2013
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I use this in my English class to precede a closure activity for Elie Wiesel's NIGHT. The students are mesmerized by the artwork and by the stories. Choosing Maya Angelou as the narrator was a wonderful idea. She uses her poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" to introduce the film. It is perfect as I also teach this poem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Seen Through These Eyes July 22, 2013
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Very heart wrenching to hear what these holocaust survivors had to do to live. I'm going to share my experience with those I work with.
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