2011, 8 minutes
Against all odds, three generations of Anita Graetz’s German Jewish family survived underground for two-and on half years in and around Berlin, Germany. “Anita’s Journey” is a hand-painted, stop-motion animation about the film-maker’s now deceased mother-in-law’s, experience, depicted from six-year-old Anita’s point of view. Based on a memoir written by Anita’s father, artist/film-maker Shelley Jordon uses a variety of painting, drawing and mixed-media techniques to communicate the experience through a narrative created from images that combine historical facts with imagined dreams and memories.
Jordon recently traveled to Berlin Germany to research archives at the Jewish Museum, Berlin funded by and Oregon Arts Comission Individual Fellowship Award, and a Valley Library Research Grant Award. She continued her research at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in jerusalem, Israel, as the Visual Arts Fellow for the American Academy in Jerusalem Pilot Program. She completed most of the work at the Center For the Humanities where she was a fellow fall term. In December a residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts provided editing asssitanse through June when the film was completed.