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ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM "SCHINDLER'S LIST"
TO AIR ON PBS APRIL 19 AND 21
FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
Pasadena, Calif. - January 15, 2001 - One of the most honored films of all time, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures, will be broadcast on PBS in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 19 (repeating on Saturday, April 21), it was announced today by Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of PBS. The telecast is underwritten by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.
"This film is a contemporary masterpiece of quality with a message about intolerance and its tragic consequences that needs to be told again and again," said Ms. Mitchell. "Its power and relevance are important for all Americans. Presenting this film is precisely the kind of service that public television holds as core to its mission."
She noted that the primetime television presentation will have two intermissions with information about the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and other resources for Holocaust history. The telecast will be supplemented with educational Web information and links to the Shoah Foundation.
"My goal with Schindler's List was to bring public awareness about the Holocaust to this and future generations," said Mr. Spielberg. "Now I am particularly proud to have the film shown on PBS, which has always been synonymous with quality and depth. The impact it can make in these showings can be another step in continuing to build tolerance and understanding so that history does not repeat itself."
Schindler's List, released theatrically in 1993, presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle and Embeth Davitz. Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig are producers of the Amblin Entertainment film, with Kathleen Kennedy as executive producer. Steven Zaillian adapted the screenplay from Thomas Keneally's prize-winning book.
Winner of seven Academy Awards¨ including Best Picture and Best Director, Schindler's List also won every major Best Picture award and an exceptional number of additional honors. Among them were seven British Academy Awards, the Best Picture Awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Producers Guild, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago, Boston and Dallas Film Critics, a Christopher Award, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards. Mr. Spielberg was further honored with the Directors Guild of America Award.
In 1994, Mr. Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation with an urgent mission: to chronicle, before it was too late, the firsthand accounts of survivors, liberators, rescuers, and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust. He considers this the most important work of his professional life.
Recording more than 50,000 unedited testimonies, the largest undertaking of its kind, the Shoah Foundation launched its mission to create a multimedia Archive to be used as an educational and research tool. The Archive is comprised of 200,000-plus videotapes filled with more than 100,000 hours of testimony. To watch the entire collection straight through would now take about 13 years and six months.
The Shoah Foundation has produced three documentaries: The Last Days, 1999 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary; The Lost Children of Berlin, honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award; and Survivors of the Holocaust, winner of the Peabody and two Emmy Awards. The Foundation has also produced its first educational CD-ROM, Survivors: Testimonies of the Holocaust. Educational materials are in development for German high schools and for English-speaking middle schools.
For decades Northwestern Mutual has been committed to improving the quality of life in communities across the United States. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation concentrates its charitable contributions in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, and Arts and Culture. Last year the Northwestern Mutual Foundation contributed more than $11 million to community betterment, both locally and nationally.
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