This 34-minute film has been heralded as groundbreaking by the producer of Shindler's List and Paper Clips for its innovative approach to introducing the Holocaust to middle school and high school students.
The film chronicles the experiences of sixteen high school students who discover the horror of the Holocaust while spending nearly two years creating a documentary.
The film crew traveled to Germany, Poland, Austria and Switzerland to shoot footage for the film. Some poignant scenes were shot inside German high schools as the American students interviewed their German peers about the Holocaust.
The film includes numerous compelling interviews with Holocaust survivors and American soldiers who helped to liberate the concentration camps.
The film has won numerous international awards and has been featured on PBS.
The DVD package is a 2-disk set inclusive of the film, bonus video material, and extensive curriculum in language arts, history, performing arts and fine arts. The bonus material also includes high resolution images and additional video interviews from survivors of the Holocaust.
"We Must Remember" is being used in hundreds of classrooms in the United States and Canada as well as classrooms internationally.
It is a high interest, compelling film where "teens teach teens" about the Holocaust as well as lessons of the Holocaust that are relevant today (bullying, intolerance).
As a bonus the DVD set includes a unit written specifically for Canadian students.
Extensive additional standards-based curriculum is included for American students ties to California state standards specifically, but easily adapted to other state standards.
The Hollywood community embraced this film for its very high production value and innovative approach to introducing the Holocaust to teens. Branko Lustig (co-producer Shindler's List), Millie Perkins (actress who portrayed Anne Frank in the 1958 classic film) and Ed Asner (actor/former director Screen Actor's Guild) attended the film's Hollywood premiere and praised the film as an innovative, novel, creative approach to teaching the Holocaust.
The film deals with topics that include: History of the Holocaust, Role of Hitler in the Holocaust, Atrocities, life in Germany during World War II, conditions inside the concentration camps including Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Birkenau and Dachau, issue of bullying, racism, intolerance and so on.
The film does not contain footage and images with a great deal of graphic content. The film DOES contain images and video and information suitable for 6th grade to 12th grade.