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B Fertig Accepts the Student Academy Awards Gold Medal


Student Academy Award™, Gold Medal, Documentary 2010
Cine Golden Eagle Award, Student Division, documentary 2010
Special Mention: Jewish Women’s Film Festival, New York City 2010
Best Student Documentary, Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2010

Selected Screenings

B Annual Memorial, Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews 2014
B Stockholm Jewish Film Festival 2012
B ZSIFI Festival; Budapest, Hungary 2012
B Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2011 (Director on panel)
B Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2011
B El Paso Holocaust Museum/ El Paso Museum of Art 2011 (Director Q&A)
B Ishorts Film Series, Prague 2011
B Miami Jewish Film Festival 2011 (Director Q&A)
B San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Super 8 Festival 2010
B Jewish Women’s Film Festival, New York City 2010 (Director Q&A)
B Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2010
B Jihlava Film Festival, Czech Republic 2010
B Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Arkansas 2010
B Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival 2010 (Director Q&A)
B National Archives, Washington, D.C. 2010 (Student Academy Award winners)
B Student Academy Awards, Los Angeles, CA 2010


Winner of the 2010 Student Academy Award Gold Medal for Documentary, Ruth Fertig’s Yizkor (Remembrance) uses animation by Jeanne Stern, archival film, home movies and Super 8 footage to tell her grandmother’s story of survival and resilience in the face of crushing loss. Like many Holocaust survivors, Liselotte Fertigova never spoke with her children about her experiences during the war. After her death, the family uncovered a memoir she had written in the last years of her life. With surprising frankness and humor, Liselotte’s words convey the day-to-day realities of a pregnant woman and young mother struggling to keep her family alive inside the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In telling her grandmother’s very personal story, Fertig employs an inventive visual style.

Media Links

B Granddaughter's film revives survivor's Holocaust memoir | El Paso Times (3/20/2011)

B Highlights from Big Sky Documentary Film Festival | Missoula Independent (2/10/2011)

B Student Academy Award Winner Talks Inspiration, Future | Paste Magazine (6/24/2010)

B NYU & UT Austin Among Top Schools at Student Academy Awards | IndieWire (6/13/2011)

B UT Film Grad Earns Acclaim for Family Tale | Austin American-Statesman (6/11/2011)


Director Ruth Fertig
Animation Jeanne Stern
Voice of Liselotte Fertigova Lotte Knoller

About the Director

Ruth Fertig has a B.A. from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Hutchison Endowed Fellow. She is the recipient of grants from CINE, University Film and Video Association, and Texas Cable and Telecommunications Association. Fertig’s previous short films are Two Spirits, a portrait of Native American gay rights activist Joey Criddle, and The Cockroach Project, which aired on the Documentary Channel in 2010. Fertig has worked on non-fiction television projects for ABC, NBC, History Channel, A&E, Discovery, Animal Planet and the Disney Channel. She lives in New York City.

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Yizkor (Remembrance)

USA, 2010, 24 minutes
Directed by Ruth Fertig

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