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#AnneFrank - Parallel Stories

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Moving Holocaust docu helps viewers connect to the past.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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This moving and compelling documentary gives teens a gentle but unblinking way to learn about the Holocaust and make personal, emotional connections to the past. In #AnneFrank - Parallel Stories, Helen Mirren does a wonderful job bringing Anne's voice and character to life when she reads excerpts from the famous diary. The well-written narration and Mirren's skill convey facts and events without bogging down or losing any emotional connection to the story.

Teens especially are invited to make personal connections with history through the young traveler known as @KaterinaKat. She never speaks, but her fictional, thoughtful social media posts provide a relatable way for teens to accompany her on her journey. She provides the framework for meeting with survivors, going to actual locations, and reading Anne Frank's diary that help us process the powerful emotions we all feel when we tackle this difficult subject.

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