Israeli teen drama 'Memory Forest' shortlisted for International Emmy Award

The four-episode drama depicts Israeli teens visiting concentration camps established in Poland by Nazi forces during the Second World War


An Israeli TV show about a group of teens visiting the sites of concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Poland has been nominated for an International Emmy Award. 

The miniseries, entitled Memory Forest, or Kol Od B’levav for Hebrew viewers, is nominated for the kids live action category.

It follows a group of teenagers grappling with love and grief, as they tour the concentration camps of occupied Poland and learn about the bloody history of the Second World War.

The four-episode production confronts the memory of the Holocaust and its relationship to young Israelis as they try to make sense of their place in the world and what they owe to the past. 

Memory Forest was created by Chen Kleiman and directed by Roman Shumunov.

Produced by Kan Education of Kan Public Broadcast, it was released in April 2022, before drawing international earlier attention this year when it took home an award at the Banff World Media Festival.  

Another Israeli production nominated for the International Emmy Awards is the documentary film Last Stop before Kyiv.

The film, from Israeli investigative reporter Itai Anghel, was recognised as a contender for the news and documentary category.

Memory Forest will be competing for the International Emmy Award for best in kids live action alongside shows Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure from Japan; Heartbreak High from Australia; and Tierra Incógnita, from Argentina.

The winner is scheduled to be announced in November.  

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