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The Last Survivor

Holocaust, History, Africa, Human Rights, Jewish Film, Islam, War, World Affairs
Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman
84 minutes


*Winner - Best Documentary Oxford Film Festival
*Winner - Audience Award Oxford Film Festival
*Winner - Special Jury Prize Dallas Int'l Film Festival
*Special Documentary Jury Award Indie Memphis Film Festival
*Winner - Best Documentary LA Jewish Film Festival
*Winner - Audience Award San Antonio Film Festival
*Official Selection Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival

"A documentary about survivors of genocide, from the Holocaust to Rwanda... Several individual stories woven into one by the brilliance of the directors, a film at once beautiful and hopeful." -Huffington Post

"A staggeringly powerful film" -Cinematical

"Sympathetic and touching" -L Magazine



The Last Survivor is an award winning, feature-length documentary film that presents the stories of genocide Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate a new generation, inspire tolerance and spark a civic response to mass atrocity crimes. Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities - The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo. The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have a lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today.

Having shot on location in five countries across four continents, the film focuses on the universality of the horror of genocide - combating the misguided notion that genocide is something that happens "over there." Rather, the film asks its audience to consider genocide as an evil that has occurred on nearly every single continent and one that affects all of us as human beings. In the end, The Last Survivor is above all else an intimate meditation on how one begins to pick up the pieces of a broken life after experiencing such tragedy.

Praise From Educators

"As a teacher of Global History and an elective course on genocide, I found the film The Last Survivor to be an outstanding educational tool that provides a poignant, emotional reminder that even after the killing, genocide has long-tern lingering effects on the survivors. The four people in this documentary experienced four different genocides, yet they all experienced a rebirth of themselves. More importantly, each of the survivors offered messages that empower all people who watch the documentary to take action and make a difference in this world." - Doug Pelton, Global Studies Teacher, De Ruyter High School

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