USC Shoah Foundation Founder Steven Spielberg Announces IWitness Video Challenge
USC Shoah Foundation The Institute for Visual History and Education today invited middle and High School students attending public, private or home schools in the U.S. and Canada to take up its IWitness Video Challenge. Steven Spielberg, who founded the Institute nearly 20 years ago following his work on Schindler's List, made the announcement.
The contest challenges secondary school students to act on the legacy of Schindler's List and do something positive in their community that exemplifies the movie's message that one person can make a difference. Students will be guided in their community service projects by the testimonies they watch in IWitness, the Institute's free educational website. IWitness brings the human stories of its Visual History Archive to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities.
As part of the IWitness Video Challenge activity, students will be asked to create a one-to four-minute video essay with an easy-to-use video-editing tool on the IWitness website, allowing them to link their voices to those in the archive who inspired them to act.
"It was my goal when I established the Shoah Foundation that future generations would learn from the incredible life stories preserved in the Visual History Archive," said Spielberg. "I've seen how students connect with survivors through watching their testimony, and the impact it has on them. They experience a kind of learning that is profound and personal. And they take that with them into their lives."
The challenge was announced in conjunction with the Schindler's List 20 th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray release. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, under the supervision of Steven Spielberg, meticulously restored the original 35mm film negative to create an unparalleled, high definition Blu-ray experience. Exposing the film to an entirely new generation, the Schindler's List 20 th Anniversary Limited Edition will be released on March 5, 2013 and include the USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg as well as the documentary "Voices from the List" featuring testimonies from Holocaust survivors.