Raising the Ashes (1997)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Actor Michael O'Keefe directed this documentary, shot on video and transferred to 16mm, about a five-day interfaith retreat at Auschwitz. Organizer and Zen master Roshie Bernie Glassman brought together 150 people from different religions, including a few descendants of both camp survivors and Nazis, for a "healing" experience. With soundtrack songs by Patti Smith and Neil Young, color shots of guests at the retreat are intercut with black-and-white atrocity footage. O'Keefe reads a poem by a camp survivor. Shown at the 1997 Mill Valley and AFI/Los Angeles film festivals.

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