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ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

“He who saves one life, saves an entire world”

Anna and the Egyptian Doctor

Docu-drama with animation.

About the film…

Muhamad Helmy, an Arab Egyptian doctor, rescued Anna, a Jewish girl disguised as a Muslim Nazi supporter in WWII Berlin. In 2013, Dr. Helmy posthumously became the first and only Arab recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the state of Israel, however, his family refused to accept the award. Anna’s daughter embarks on a journey to meet Dr. Helmy’s nephew, who agrees to accept the award.

The meeting between the Egyptian nephew and the Jewish daughter leads us through time and to the places where this courageous story took place.

Why is this so film important?

The story of Muhamad Helmy and Anna shows how the human heart can bridge religions, cultures, and nationalities….

We want to spread this message of hope to the world.

Dr. Helmy’s story is a personal example for everyone who encounters injustice. It encourages us to show compassion and be accountable for our surroundings.

The film is even more relevant given the complex political and social realities of Europe today.

This is a rare opportunity to tell a story that transcends religion, politics, and prejudice, and emphasizes that, at the end of the day, we are all human.

ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

About the team:

Taliya Finkel (Director/Producer)

My name is Talya Finkel, and I have been a documentary filmmaker for over 20 years. My films have been broadcast on television, shown major film festivals, and won awards.

I heard of Dr. Helmy for the very first time in 2014, and his story fascinated me. The Egyptian doctor risked his own life to shelter a 15-year-old Jewish girl during World War II in Berlin.

This is a story of a man true to his values, who dared to stand against the evil around him during humanity’s darkest hour of history.

 Elise Lein (Producer)

My name is Elise, and I am a film producer based in Berlin.  I have extensive practical experience in film production and have worked in the film industry since 2009.

Markus Pauser and I founded e&a film berlin in 2017 as a subsidiary of e&a film in Vienna. This company connects entertainment and art, and produces different fiction and documentary formats for television, internet, and cinema.

Currently, I am working on the documentary The Green Lie, by Werner Boote.

When Taliya told me about Dr. Helmy and her film idea, I immediately knew that this story needed to be spread to the world. I wanted to be a part of this wonderful film project, which I am convinced has great potential.

 Many highly talented people are working on the film together with us:

Rafi Toren is a musician who has produced various musical works, including film scoring, in both Israel and Europe. He is also a stage artist, lecturer, and teacher of music, as well as a conductor for choir groups.

Omer Shadar has been a film editor for 20 years, is vegan, and a great person.

Yaron Shin, a.k.a. “Jewboy”, is Israel’s premiere animator. He has worked since 2000 as a project manager, art director, designer, illustrator, animator, and editor within the Israeli television industry, in Israeli cinema, culture, and art in print. His works have been presented in international venues and exhibitions, books, and design/art magazines, and is often part of international projects around the world. He earned his first degree in 1999 in Visual Communication & Design at the NB School of Design in Haifa, Israel and his second in 2000 in Visual Communication & Media at HKU in Utrecht, Holland.

Itzik Portal is a very talented, award-winning cameraman known for his fiction and documentary films. Google him!

 

We ask your support to make this documentary happen.

We invite you to take part in the fascinating journey of telling Dr. Helmy’s story to the world.

THANK YOU! SHUKRAN! DANKESCHÖN! TODA!

 

 

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Deutsche:

Über mich:

Mein Name ist Taliya Finkel und ich mache Dokumentarfilme seit über 20 Jahren. Meine Filme wurden im Fernsehen ausgestrahlt, im Rahmen großer Filmfestivals gezeigt und gewannen viele Preise.

 

Vor drei Jahren hörte ich zum ersten Mal über Dr. Helmy. Seine Geschichte faszinierte mich und ging mir nicht mehr aus dem Kopf. Ein ägyptischer Arzt, der sein eigenes Leben riskiert, um das eines 15-jährigen jüdischen Mädchens zu retten. Er versteckte Anna in Berlin direkt vor den Augen der Nazis:  Helmy gab das jüdische Mädchen während des zweiten Weltkrieges für seine ägyptische Nichte aus und beschäftigte sie in seiner Zahnarzt-Praxis als Assistentin.

Es ist die Geschichte eines Mannes, der während der dunkelsten Zeit in der Historie der Menschheit seinen Werten treu geblieben ist und sich gegen das Regime auflehnte.

 

Ich lade Sie ein, einen Teil zu der Enthüllung dieser außergewöhnlichen, jedoch weltweit unbekannten Geschichte beizutragen.

 

Warum ist dieser Film wichtig? 

Dieser Film und dieser Mann geben uns Hoffnung in die Menschheit und in die Güte, die in jedem von uns auch in den schlimmsten Zeiten zum Vorschein kommen kann. Als ich Herr Amit Aziz, den Imam der Ahmafiyya Moschee in Berlin, nach den Lehren des Islams zur Hilfe für Anhänger anderer Religionen fragte, antworte er unverzüglich mit einem Zitat aus dem Talmud: Wer ein einziges Leben rettet, rettet die ganze Welt".

 

Die Geschichte von Dr. Muhamad Helmy und Anna lehrt uns auf eine wunderschöne Weise wie das Herz eines Menschen über Religion, Kultur und Nationalitäten stehen und diese überbrücken kann.

Um Dr. Helmy und Anna aus der Vergangenheit zu holen, werden wir in diesem Film ein Teil der Geschichte mithilfe von Animation erzählen. Dahinter steht Israels besten Animator, Yaron Shin, der für uns seine Magie spielen lässt.

 

Filmanimation ist ein relativ teureres Unterfangen. Wir brauchen 25 000 Euro, um es zu verwirklichen.

 

Wir bitten daher um Ihre Unterstützung, um diesen Dokumentarfilm möglich zu machen.

 

 

Unser sehr talentiertes Team besteht aus:

 

Mir, Taliya Finkel, Filmregisseurin

Rafi Toren – Komponist.

Omer Shadar – Schnitt  

Yaron Shin  – Animation