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ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

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

About Me:

I’m Talya Finkel, and I have been a documentary filmmaker for over 20 years. My films were broadcast on television, participated major film festivals and won awards.

In 2014, I heard about Dr. Helmy for the very first time. His story amazed me.  The Egyptian doctor risked his own life to shelter a 15 year old Jewish girl named Anna during World War II in Berlin. Claiming Anna was his  Muslim niece from Egypt, she worked as an assistant nurse in his clinic,  in Berlin,  right under the Nazi Headquarters.

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

I would like to invite you to take part in this fascinating journey of telling Dr. Helmy’s yet unknown story to the world.

ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

ANNA AND THE EGYPTIAN DOCTOR

Why is this film important?

The importance of this film is to spread the hope about the goodness that is in each and every one of us during these turbulent times.

When I asked Mr. Amir Aziz the Imam of Ahmadiyya Mosque in Berlin about the teachings of Islam regarding helping people of other religions, he answered immediately quoting “saving one life”, a Talmudic quote well known to the Jews.

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

In this film we will use animation to tell part of the story that will allow us to recreate Dr. Helmy and Anna from the past.  I am thrilled that Yaron Shin, Israel’s premiere animator will be working his magic for us.

Animation is expensive and we need 100,000 Shekels to make it happen.

We ask your support to make the documentary happen.

 

 

Some other very talented people are working on the film with me:

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

Omer Shadar  Film editor for 20 years, vegan and a great person.

Yaron Shin  a.k.a Jewboy

(Since 2000 – Project Manager, Art Director, Designer, Illustrator, Animator & Editor –  Working with Israeli TV Industry, Israeli Cinema, Culture and Art – (Print & Animation
 Since 2013 – Head of Visual Communication, Design & Animation dept. – The NB School of Design Haifa Israel
Since 2011 – Artistic Director, Designer and Animator for the “Hebrews” project – A series of 8 documentary films combined with animation that cover the Israeli canonical creators, authors and poets of the last 15 years
Since 2000 – Member of the ’Saloona’ Art Group
 .His works has presented in an international venues and exhibitions, books & design/art magazine and he took part in an international projects around the world

  1999 1st degree: Visual Communication & Design, The NB School of Design Haifa Israel  2000 2nd degree: Visual Communication & Media, HKU Utrechet, Holland