Recognition for an Argentine film about the Holocaust

The award-winning documentary “Lea y Mira make their mark” reflects the stories of two friends who, as teenagers, were transferred on death trains to the extermination camp of Auschwitz

Lea Zajac and Mira Kniaziew were two teenagers when the world, theirs, and that of the rest of humanity, changed forever. Lea and Mira spent two years Auschwitz, the extermination camp, where they arrived on death trains, to go through a horrible experience, which ranged from starvation to the deep pain of seeing their relatives die. The Argentine film, Lea and Mira leave their mark,  reflect their stories.

Directed by Poli Martinez Kaplun,  the documentary is told in first person, in an intimate, moving environment. The story is the raw tale of two women, then 15 and 16 years old, survivors of the genocide executed by the German forces against the Jewish people, who remember the days when they were imprisoned in the hellish extermination camps of Auschwitz and how they lived every second waiting for death.

Just a few weeks ago, the film, which featured the executive production of Lucas Werthein and co-production of Carlos Winograd, participated in different festivals, such as the Latino International Houston Film Festival , the San Luis Obispo International film Festival , also in the celebration of the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Awards, where she was credited with the recognition of excellence for her: Direction (Poli Martinez Kaplun), Music (Cesar Lerner) and Edition (Ernesto Felder).

REmezcla and Moviemaker , renowned American film magazines, agreed that the film is a “little gem” and a universal plea against discrimination, which unfortunately, and despite all the deaths and wars, is commonplace today

Martínez Kaplun after receiving the awards

 Martínez Kaplun after receiving the awards

Martinez Kaplun is currently pre-producing his next project, a documentary about the memory and identity of his maternal family, Jewish Germans who survived the Holocaust and remade his life in Argentina.

“For a long time I had a particular interest in the history of the Second War and in the Shoah, in my maternal family there are survivors of the Holocaust, Jews assimilated to German culture, who did not even define themselves as Jews because they were not religious and yet they had to escape so as not to end up in extermination camps, “told Infobae Cultura Poli Martínez Kaplun, director of the film, and recalled that his family had to emigrate, first to Egypt and then to Argentina.

From photographs and films in 8 mm family that date back to 1890, and that, despite the migrations the family could keep, the director tries to portray through her family and personal history, the history of the 20th Century in Europe. The Wansee house will be presented in 2019.

New York Jewish Travel Guide- ( Infobae Cultura )