The partners commit to create an international documentary and an educational platform on the life of Anne Frank. The aim of the commitment is to spread the story of Anne Frank through film, distribution of her diary, a written essay, and a commemorative tree planting campaign. This commitment intends to do the following:
- Create a documentary of Anne Frank's life featuring interviews with influential individuals that have visited the house of Anne Frank or have some connection to her. Leading questions in this documentary include: Why is the Diary of Anne Frank in 2015 still an inspiration for so many people all over the world? Why did Nelson Mandela read the diary while he was in prison and say it was because of reading the diary he was able to survive 27 years in prison? Why do so many people all over the world visit the Anne Frank House, read the diary, and get inspired? These questions will be answered in a research-journey of the documentary-makers all over the world, from New York to Berlin, from Amsterdam to Basel.
- Distribute the documentary, first in the Netherlands, then in other countries using the partners' networks. The documentary will be distributed to at least two other countries in 2016.
- Distribute the Diary of Anne Frank (translated in 60 languages) together with Dutch Libraries to at least ten schools in the Netherlands. The following year, the diary will be distributed in four other countries.
- Create the opportunity for youth all over the world to write a diary about their lives. Anne Frank always wrote: Dear Kitty and now youth will use: Dear Anne. They will write about their own lives and share how Anne impacts them. To get younger people involved, the partners will announce a contest where they ask youth to write a story describing why they think the message of Anne Frank is still alive in 2015. Dutch Angle TV productions and Vara Public Broadcasting Company will develop a website, to be launched in the 1st quarter of 2015, to share the stories and advertise the contest.
- Establish a Committee to select several letters to be published and read. The letters will be selected by the Committee and posted on the website in addition to selected letters being published in a book in 2016.
- Provide partners with seeds to plant Anne Frank trees in 70 different countries in honor of her death 70 years ago. Partners will be asked to send a picture once the seeds are planted and the website will be used to illustrate the progress.
Sept 2014 - Attend the Annual CGI Meeting from Sept 21-14 2014 in NYC at which time the partners intend to interview selected participants. Partners will reach out to their networks to spread the word about the youth letter-writing project.
Dec 2014 - Collaborate with Partners to create a Panel that selects 'letters to Anne Frank' to be read or published
March 2015 - Finalize the documentary, 'The magic of the diary of Anne Frank'
Spring/Summer 2015 - Air the first documentary in the Netherlands and present it on TV through the Dutch Public Broadcaster. The documentary will be presented during festivals and school-presentations.
Spring 2015 - Planting of the Anne Frank tree at Clinton's Presidential Center
June 2015 - Move all written letters to Anne Frank online on a dedicated website
2016/2017 - Continue planting trees, distributing Anne Frank's Diary, and showing the documentary in other countries
Anne Frank is one of the most influential, unforgettable, and inspirational women of modern history. After 70 years since her death in the Concentration Camp, Bergen-Belsen in Germany, her story is still relevant today.
For many youth, Anne Frank's story is the first time they hear about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. It is for this reason that Anne Frank is still so important and society is obliged to always explain what should never happen again. Telling the story is critical and using documentaries, TV, and schools as an outlet is crucial to spreading the message of a strong female figure all over the world.
Anne Frank is an example of a strong woman and serves as a role-model for girls and women throughout the world. Anne Frank's story empowers young girls and women to live their lives to the fullest potential, no matter how difficult the circumstances. She teaches everyone to face the issues of every daily life with hope, faith, and courage.
The partners want to share how there is nobility in human compassion. Many teens today can relate to Anne's story because she goes through all of the normal adolescent trials in life, even when she is in hiding. Anne hopes to find someone who will relate to her feelings, just like most teenagers in 2014. Anne Frank story is a universal book of life that needs to be told. The partners want to show that even today, Anne Frank's story is relatable and despite everything society is faced with, people are still good.
Financial resources: To fulfill and scale this three year commitment, partners need additional financial resources in the amount of $375,000.
Implementing partners: To get widely recognized individuals to be interviewed who have read the diary, were inspired by the message of Hope and humanity, who visited Anne Frank's house, or have a connection with Anne Frank that they wish to express.
Media support: To spread the message of Anne Frank and her diary globally, the partners need worldwide multi-media partnerships.
Partners Support: To encourage youth to read the diary, write letters, and have countries plant Anne Frank trees.
To be involved in the documentary and part of this global network.
Media support: To be part of a global multi-media platform and provide partners the opportunity to use the documentary and other media outlets to market, promote, and advertise themselves.
Partners Support: To allow partners to express their concerns and beliefs on Anne Frank and her story