Productions of the Documentary Institute

The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

By 14 he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced more than 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, written numerous short stories and had walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.

But this is a story of celebration as well as tragedy, a testament to how a boy’s wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human.

Distributor: First Run Features | Visit the promotional website →

Angel of Ahlem

When the US Army 84th Infantry liberated the Ahlem-Hanover concentration camp in April 1945, Vernon Tott, a 20-year old soldier from Iowa, felt compelled to document the horror, using a second-hand camera he carried into battle. Fifty years later, Vernon, now suffering from cancer, set out to find the men he photographed, a quest that transforms all their lives. The photographs—evidence of unbearable cruelty and miraculous survival—cement a sustaining bond between Vernon and the Jewish survivors. Angel of Ahlem is a moving portrait of friendship and survival.

Distributor: The National Center for Jewish Films | Visit the promotional website →

Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

“Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power” tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against violent racists. In doing so, Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, he alienated the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance.

Distributor: California Newsreel | Visit the promotional website →

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

“Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore” explores the life and times of this enigmatic leader, a distinguished school teacher whose passionate crusade for equal rights could not be discouraged by either the white power structure or the more cautious factions of his own movement. Although Moore’s assassination was an international cause celebre in 1951, it was overshadowed by following events and eventually almost forgotten.

Distributor: Documentary Educational Resources | Visit the promotional website →