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Nickel Quarterly Film Series: NANA - A Documentary


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Documentary filmmaker Serena Dykman traces the story of her grandmother’s survival in Auschwitz. Born in Poland, Marlya Michalowski-Dyamant, survived both, Ravensbruck, Malchow, and Auschwitz, where she was a forced translator for the “Angel of Death”, Dr. Mengel. Following the war Michalowski-Dyaman dedicated her life to speaking publicly about her survival to younger generations, so that the past’s atrocities would never be forgotten or repeated.

NANA is an intensely personal film, exploring the relationships between grandmother, mother, and daughter under the weight of heritage, but also a timely and poignant film with a universal message, recounting and teaching what can happen in a world without tolerance.

Director & Writer: Serena Dykman • Producer: Serena Dykman, Alice Michalowski • Runtime: 1h40. www.nanafilm.com

Award-winner at Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, East Lansing Film Festival, Chagrin Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Cinéma pour les Droits Humains, Fargo Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Take Two Film Festival, and Fusion Film Festival.