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Voices in the Void - Animated Short Film

Encouraging resistance and resilience through digital animation.

“Voices in the Void” is an animated short film co-produced by our Executive Director Judith Goldstein and Irene Braam, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The film tells the story of the Melchior family in occupied Denmark and their escape to Sweden during October 1943.

Written by Samuel George and directed by Juan Pablo de Gamboa, “Voices in the Void” illuminates profound contrasts that remain unresolved in human nature: lightness and darkness, generosity and cruelty, and beauty and evil.

Thousands of Danes refused to turn their backs on their Jewish neighbors. Despite extreme risks, Danish compatriots – particularly clergy and fishermen – assisted the Melchior family in their escape. At the same time, we see scenes of death camps in Eastern Europe – images that haunt and remind us of the millions lost.

The film is narrated by the late Rabbi Bent Melchior, who was 14 at the time of rescue, and Danish actress Ina-Miriam Rosenbaum. Seventy five years after the fall of Nazi Germany, “Voices in the Void” is a moving story of resistance and resilience that resonates today and promises to educate new generations about this important chapter of history.

“Voices in the Void” was selected for the 10th annual American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, which ran from March 26 through April 4, 2021. Teddy Grouya, the festival’s director, chose Voices in the Void as one of eight films he recommends to viewers.

The film was also chosen as an official selection for the prestigious LA Shorts International Film Festival, which premiered on July 2, 2021.