If you’re anything like me, when it comes to commemorating the Holocaust, you probably think: “I want my MTV!!”
Well, now you will. MTV has announced the airing of I’m Still Here, a celeb-studded documentary commemorating Yom Hashoah.
I’m Still Here, Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust, presents the diaries of young people who experienced first-hand the terror of daily life during the Holocaust. Through an emotional montage of archival footage, personal photos, and text from the diaries themselves, the film tells the story of a group of young writers who refused to quietly disappear.
Academy Award nominated director Lauren Lazin has directed the hour-long documentary. The film is scored by Moby and the diaries are read by some of today’s most talented young actors including Elijah Wood, Ryan Gosling, Kate Hudson, Brittany Murphy and Joaquin Phoenix, among others. Original footage was shot in Vilnius, Lithuania in the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto. Actor, director, and writer Zach Braff will host the program when it airs on MTV.
(Side topic : Zach Braff is the most Jewlicious actor of his generation. Discuss.)
All kidding aside, having written a book about teens who survived the Holocaust and having worked at MTV, I think it’s great when a network known for its branding and marketing uses its informational power for good. True, most kids would just like to see the new J.Lo. video or download new ringtones for their cell phones, but with Zach as the lead voice and other young magazine-cover-gracing actors providing supporting dramatic roles, this film sounds like a good way to bend the ears of the tweens and teens who make MTV their life.
I’m Still Here airs May 4 at 8pm (EST). The film is part of MTV’s Fight For Your Rights anti-discrimination campaign. A study guide will be available on the Facing History website in July.