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Looking for a Monster - The Documentary Preview
Looking for a Monster© is a project based on the life of a thirteen-year old poet and aspiring puppeteer, Hanus Hachenburg, in wartime Czechoslovakia. This project's message is as relevant today as it was in 1943. Recurring themes of 'fear' and the continued threat of 'contemporary monsters' still haunt our world in the 21st century. As Hanus critiqued his society, we want to encourage our audiences, especially youth to be questioning and critical of their world, trusting their intuition, identifying their own fears and expressing their views creatively. Our vision is to create a world were everyone is valued as a significant member of the team, and where artistic expression is a communication tool to reflect, challenge and bring about change when required. In this way we can all be every-day heroes and change our world for the better.
To view a range of further material this project, go to the Monster website here.
Looking for a Monster - The Puppet Film
The play is an allegory about a King Illiterate I, who is tired of his subjects not listening to him and decides to restore his empire to how it used to be when people did their work peacefully and obeyed. His Minister advises him to ‘construct camps, where people will forget how to think’. Hanus witnessed the turmoil that surrounded him in the ghetto, although his interpretation of events, show a great wisdom in how he transformed them into the play. In his play, Hanus saw behind the façade of events taking place in Terezin - how the Nazis created a so-called ‘Paradise Ghetto’ which allowed the world to believe that their ‘Jewish problem’ was being dealt with in a most humane way.
Hanus’ ideas reflect the cruel circumstances of his brief life. In the Terezin Concentration Camp, children saw their grandfathers and grandmothers lying cramped on straw mattresses in dusty attics, then dying of disease and starvation. Their bodies were carried along the streets in carts.” Elena Makarova, Author, Jerusalem
To rent or buy the full 30 minute film, click the link below.