Brundibár: Beyond Imagination aims to create a new paradigm and standard for teaching and sharing the story and lessons of the Shoah, as well as provide a broader understanding of the multigenerational effects of genocide throughout the world. The project’s three overlapping initiatives are as follows:

Educational Summer Theatre Arts Program

The mission of the educational theatre arts program is to offer an experiential educational curriculum that explores Jewish culture and the experience/lessons of the Shoah and genocide through a three week program of lectures, exercises, interaction, discussion and action that speak to heritage, history, creativity and a proactive approach to social justice. 20-30 adolescents whom have experienced the second, and third generational effects of genocide and hailing from Israel, the United States, Rwanda and the Czech Republic.

Documentary Feature Film

We believe the best way to tell a story, and to change the future is through the voices, actions and revelations of children documented and presented on film. The documentary films Spellbound, Born into Brothels and Boys of Baraka illustrate prime examples of this success. The success of these films engaging storytelling through the eyes and stories of children has proven to be a powerful tool that speaks to the hearts and minds of a wide and varied audience. It is though these examples we believe Brundibár: Beyond Imagination will create a new paradigm that combines the personal relevance of educational and cause-focused children’s programs with socially relevant entertainment.

Interactive Educational Website

The ultimate goal of the Brundibár: Beyond Imagination website is to create a marketing and educational tool to support the Summer Theatre Arts Program and documentary film to promote understanding and practiced tolerance throughout the world while fighting the rising voice of Holocaust denial. Website content will offer users a link to lessons and experiences of lives once marginalized, lost or forgotten as well as those just emerging by presenting them within an online library and interactive stage of video, words, pictures and audio.