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Finding Manny


LONG TREK HOME PRODUCTIONS AND NTD FILMS PRESENTS “FINDING MANNY” Selected in the BEST FOR FESTS Label

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
 
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

During this season of my life I must say this project is one of the things I have participated in, of which I am most proud.” Stephen Baldwin

"I loved it from the first few minutes of the film". Ivan Wiener Founder Albuquerque Film & Music Experience

"One of my best for fests" Bruno Chatelin co founder filmfestivals.com


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Best for Fests 'Finding Manny': Kacey Cox Director's statement and bio

Director Statement by Kacey Cox

“Finding Manny” is a story of optimism—one of the many unexpected discoveries that inspired me to tell this story.

It started by accident, in the spring of 2017. I received a phone call from the wife of a friend looking for a favour. Cindy was travelling to Toronto to visit her father, Manny Drukier, who planned to open a 70-year-old box of photos from his time during WWII—photos the family had never seen before. Cindy asked if I could document the occasion, in case her dad shared stories they hadn’t heard either.

Within a few days of the initial filming, Manny Drukier was in touch with Holocaust researcher, Anna Andlauer, who invited him to visit Germany to give a presentation at his former orphanage, which has since become a grade school. It was at this point that my instincts kicked in, realizing that this was a documentary in the making.

Over the next few months, plans for a trip started coming together as different family members came on board. Soon, Manny’s wife, four children, and two grandchildren made arrangements to go, but one important person hadn’t signed on yet—Manny. Cindy, now one of the film’s producers, was feeling pessimistic, but also understood his reluctance. He was 89 and was being asked to go back to Germany, the scene of the horror.

Then Manny, true to his character, changed his mind.

The film gives viewers a fly on the wall experience following Manny retracing his steps and reliving painful moments from his past. As he bears witness to this dark chapter in history we learn that he is a living symbol of hope and the ability to overcome … a survivor in the truest sense.

Director's bio

Viewing the medium of documentary as a powerful tool to stimulate dialogue around social issues—Kacey’s approach is born from the belief that the most powerful stories are told through the eyes of those who have lived them.

 

Director (3 Credits)

Finding Manny 2020
Documentary
 
The Unclaimed: Habeas Corpus 2019
Documentary
 
Anastasia Lin: The Crown 2017
Documentary
 

Producer (2 Credits)

The Unclaimed: Habeas Corpus2019
Documentary
 
Anastasia Lin: The Crown2017
Documentary

Awards 

Best Canadian Short Award
Anastasia Lin: The Crown
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Vancouver
2017
 
Award of Excellence
Anastasia Lin: The Crown
ImpactDOCS!
 
Best Documentary Honorable Mention
Anastasia Lin: The Crown
Asians On Film Festival

 

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