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"Nontraditional in form, this documentary follows the life of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal from his student days in Galicia, Eastern Europe, through the dark era of the Holocaust when he was imprisoned in a Nazi death camp for being Jewish, to the post-war period when he reached worldwide fame for his investigations of Nazi war criminals.
Through Wiesenthal's story, we see that one man can make a difference."
--The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival


1995
+HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle
+DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
+SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
+JEWISH FILM WEEK, Los Angeles
+DIAGONALE, Salzburg

1996
+MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (INDIA)
+ALPINALE, Bludenz, Austria

1997
+FT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Florida

2000
+KIND OF BLUE - JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL, Milano, Italy

"Whoever denies the crimes and the genocide of the past  paves the way for the murders of the future."
This philosophy has been the basis for the life of the remarkable man who is the subject of this powerful documentary. Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Holocaust, has dedicated his life to bringing to light the crimes of the Nazi regime, and bringing to justice the individuals who committed 'crimes against humanity' under that regime. The filmmakers chose their subject as a result of the recent rise of right-wing extremism in Europe. They felt that had Wiesenthal's example been given greater exposure, this phenomenon might have been avoided. They were given unprecedented access to this pioneer of the human rights movement, despite his hectic schedule, and spent two years making this film biography, as they travelled with him to nine different countries. 
The film traces Wiesenthal's life from his childhood in Galicia through his ordeal in concentration camps to his postwar dedication to keeping alive the memory of those who did not survive the genocide. Wiesenthal's colleagues, friends - and enemies - offer insights in numerous interviews, which are mixed with innovative visual and aural documentary techniques. In a world in which, 50 years after World War II and the Holocaust, 'ethnic cleansing' in Bosnia and genocides in Rwanda can still occur, this is a work of profound importance and relevance, as well as a loving tribute to an extraordinary individual.
--18th Denver International Film Festival

Certificate of Participation
"4th Mumbai International Film Festival 1996"
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