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Film Series Gets Trial Run

Teachers rate the film and the program

"Filters~Teaching Global Perspectives Through World Cinema" is a trial program that is being piloted by Joanne Ashe and local teachers under the auspices of the New Mexico Foundation for Human Rights Projects.  Joanne and her committee hope to "create a teaching curriculum on the subject of 'Tolerance/Diversity' using foreign films as the vehicle."  On June 5, 2002, a test film, "The Zookeeper," winner of the Taos Talking Pictures Land Grant Award, was shown to a group of teachers, Joanne's committee, and NMFHRP staff.  Afterward, a facilitated discussion was held to obtain information on the appropriateness of the film, standards for films for this program, and other related topics.  Several teachers are willing to pilot the program in their schools.  Look for more information on this program and for film availability on this Web site in the coming months. 

2300 Students Listen as Renee Firestone describes life before, during, and after Auschwitz

Students paid rapt attention as Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone described conditions in her home regions of Czechoslovakia and Hungary before the Holocaust; her trip to Auschwitz and the fate of her family members; and how she rebuilt her life after her liberation.  Firestone, who has worked for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, fielded very pertinent and pointed questions from the audience after her presentation. 
Regina Turner, Project Director for the New Mexico Foundation for Human Rights Projects, explained the importance of the event.  She then introduced Mayor Martin Chavez, who read a City of Albuquerque proclamation in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day and also introduced the speaker.  Students in the audience came from APS, as well as from schools in Pine Hill, Roswell, Gallup, Moriarty, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe.
Firestone, featured in Spielberg's Academy Award-winning documentary, "The Last Days," was greeted warmly by students on their way out of the auditorium.  The event was covered by several TV and print media outlets.

Renee Firestone addresses a large student audience

More Recent Events

October, 2001
"From the Holocaust to the Present"
Teacher Training Workshops
75 teachers over three days attended these workshops, which provided materials designed to help educate students in the areas of stereotyping and influences on children. Speakers from Albuquerque, around the country, and around the world made this a unique experience.


February-June, 2000
"Anne Frank in the World" Exhibit
Cottonwood Mall
More than 75,000 people attended the Anne Frank exhibit, over 14,000 of them students in group tours. Each docent-led student tour consisted of an explanation of the exhibit photos, a description of the "secret annex" model, an Anne Frank CD-ROM computer session, a video, and a presentation by a Holocaust survivor. The exhibit was accompanied by a speakers' series and an art exhbit.  Over 40,000 people attended the exhibit when it was in Albuquerque in 1995, for a total of 115,000 who saw this representation of Anne Frank and this period in history.


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