Jason Isaacs Narrates New Holocaust Documentary for British Students
Jason Isaacs, known for his role in the Harry Potter films as Lucius Malfoy, is lending his voice to a new Holocaust documentary for students in British schools, according to reports from Jewish News Syndicate and the Jewish Chronicle. The film, titled Out of the Darkness, was created by Holocaust Learning UK. Holocaust Learning UK chose to create the film because of the difficulty it faced in holding its normal programming – including giving students the opportunity to hear the testimony of a Holocaust survivor – because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Isaacs, who is Jewish, has previously spoken out about the anti-Semitism he has faced. The documentary Out of the Darkness is 59 minutes long, and Holocaust Learning UK describes it as being “suitable for students from Year 8 through to Sixth Form.”
Out of the Darkness includes the compelling testimony of a Holocaust Survivor and features a diverse cast of participating students and a rabbi. It teaches students about the Holocaust as it contextualises the Survivor Testimony and references subsequent genocides and identifies suffering where the victims are selected on the basis of being ‘different’ or ‘other’.
More information about the film, which can be streamed until May 31, is available from Holocaust Learning UK. Educational resources for teachers are also available, as is an optional subtitled version of the film. Schools wishing to screen the film must register in advance.
You can view the trailer for Out of the Darkness below.