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Award-Winning Transgenerational Documentary Opens April 13 in New York

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First Run Features is proud to announce the New York premiere of NANA, directed by Serena Dykman. The film, which documents Dykman’s journey with her mother Alice as they retrace her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, opens April 13, 2018 at the Cinema Village, to coincide with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Born in Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Ravensbruck, Malchow and Auschwitz – where she was the forced translator for the "Angel of Death," Josef Mengele. Maryla dedicated her life after the war to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations. Alice and Serena, daughter and granddaughter, explore how Maryla’s outspoken activism continues today, in a world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise.

NANA has been honored with 15 awards on the festival circuit, including the Best Documentary prizes at the St. Louis International Film Festival and the Fargo Film Festival; the Best Biography Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival; the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival; the Human Spirit Award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival; and the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival. In addition, NANA was part of Amnesty International’s traveling Human Rights Film Festival, where it received an Audience Choice award. NANA was chosen by the European Commission and European Jewish Congress to be presented on Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, where Serena participated in a discussion on the future of Holocaust education with the First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and the world-renowned historian and author Simon Schama.

“I was inspired to make this documentary after reading my grandmother's memoir a couple of years ago,” said director Serana Dykman. “I realized that she was more than a survivor, more than a Polish Jew. The reason she went back to Auschwitz and told her story publicly thousands of times was so that it should never be forgotten, and would never happen to anyone again. Her activism and fight against intolerance lives on today, 14 years after her death, through the thousands of people she touched, and now through NANA.”

Filmmaker Biography

25 year-old Serena Dykman resides in New York and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Serena was recently selected to serve as one of Women’s eNews ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ 2018. Her work, ranging from comedy to drama, has won over 40 awards, including at the Cannes Film Festival's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. She has screened her films in countless film festivals worldwide. NANA is the first feature of the young director.


Director: Serena Dykman
Producers: Serena Dykman, Alice Michalowski, Stephane Dykman
Associate Producers: Larissa Foulon, Corentin Soibinet, Johannes Blum
Writers: Serena Dykman with David Breger & Corentin Soibinet
Editor: Corentin Soibinet
Directors of Photography: Nick Walker & Julia Elaine Mills
Sound Designer: Charles de Montebello
Original Music: Carine Gutlerner
Motion graphic design & animation: Alex Noble


Director Serena Dykman
Run Time – 100 minutes
Language – French and English subtitled
Format - Digital
Year 2017
Genre – Documentary

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