In the discussion following Numbered, Co-director Dana Doron spoke with Annette Insdorf, Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia, and author of the book Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust.
A doctor by profession, Doron recounted the event that triggered the making of this film: It was a slow night in the hospital ER, when an elderly woman complaining of chest pains was brought in. When Doron approached her, the lady raised her left arm, bearing a tattooed number, and asked the young doctor if she knew what it was. She then began talking, telling her wartime tale, and she spoke for about an hour. The chest pains, Doron recalled, didn’t seem to be bothering her all that much. Soon after, her daughter arrived at the ER and explained that every time her mother feels the urge to talk, she complains of chest pains so as to be taken to the hospital.
Doron and co-director, Uriel Sinai, an acclaimed photo-journalist, set out to document and, inevitably, commemorate those survivors with a past-life number engraved in their skin. Click to continue »