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Journey From Survival to Activism Detailed in 'Transgenerational' Documentary 'NANA' Sept. 9

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SUMMIT, NJ - Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, 24-year-old Serena Dykman’s Polish-born grandmother, survived Nazi concentration camps in Ravensbruck, Malchow, and Auschwitz, where she was the forced translator of the “Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele. She dedicated her post-war life to publicly speaking of her survival to the young generations, so that it would never be forgotten or repeated.

Maryla's life and survival story is told in "NANA," a trangenerational documentary film by Dykman, the New Jersey premiere of which will be presented by the The Film Society of Summit September 9, beginning at 7 p.m. Dykman will be on hand to participate in a post-screening discussion.

"NANA" tells of Dykman's journey with her mother Alice, a trek that retraces her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, and investigates how her lifelong fight against intolerance can continue to be taught to the new generations, against the backdrop of current events, specifically exploring how Maryla’s activism and crucial message can continue today, in a world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise.

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The recipient of multiple prestigious awards on the festival circuit -- including the Leon Award for Best Documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere this past November, the Bill Snyder Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Fargo Film Festival, the Best Biography Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival -- “NANA” was recently part of a festival for Human Rights, organized by Amnesty International in France, where it received the Audience Choice Special Mention.

The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, with advance tickets available for reservation by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or purchasing in person at MONDO Summit. Seating is limited.

For more information, call The Film Society of Summit at 973-885-1983, contact summitfilm@gmail.com, or visit summitfilmsociety.com.

 

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