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Director Shooting Film About Anne Frank – in Gaza

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Anne Frank Photo: Wikipedia

Anne Frank. Photo: Wikipedia

In a story that wildly veers somewhere between the absurd and obscene, a Croatian filmmaker has been shooting footage about Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, in the bombed out streets of Gaza, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Tuesday.

Under the working title, “What Does Anne Frank Mean Today,” director Jacob Sadler said the docu-drama is meant to bring the story of the Jewish girl during World War II into the Arab world, where many believe that the Holocaust did not take place at all.

The film crew wandered between outgoing rocket fire towards Israel, and resulting Israeli Air Force counter-strikes during the IDF’s current Operation Protective Edge, as actors intoned on-camera monologues about the need for peace and the absurdity of war.

“We believe this film can contribute to a better understanding between the two peoples,” he said in an interview with “Deadline.”

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“Only a small part of the Palestinian team who worked with me on the film had heard about Anne Frank or the Holocaust,” he said. “This was the first time they realized that the Jews were once victims who were killed and exiled from their homes. Until then they only saw Israeli soldiers and aggressiveness.”

Sadler’s son, Dominic, assisted him in directing. Pre-filming, they sat with the crew and explained to them in detail about the events that took place in Europe during the early 40s, details of which the Palestinian educational system skips over during history lessons.

“One day, the soundman came up to me and said ‘I am very disappointed that the Jews, who suffered during World War II, are destroying Gaza and killing civilians,” the director revealed.

After a week of shooting within Gaza, Sadler returned to Zagreb for editing.

“It was absurd to see these pictures from afar,” he says, “A bunch of actors talking to the camera, while behind them people with gas masks are ¬†running in and out of the frame. None of it was planned, but it only adds to the feeling of the impossible reality of this film,” Sadler said.

No less than six different girls from Gaza and Ramallah played Frank, between the ages of 12 and 14.

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