Artist: Joshua Birtwistle
Over 250 people attended the launch of a documentary that captures the heart. Called “Ties That Bind, From Auschwitz to Cummeragunja” and directed by Viv Parry, it features interviews with and discussion between Holocaust survivor Moshe Fiszman (95 years) and Uncle Boydie (Alf Turner, 89 years), grandson of William Cooper. It is produced and edited by international award winning screen play writer/ director Justin Olstein. Stan Yarramunua played the didjeridoo. Holocaust inspired art by Galiamble Aboriginal men added to the occasion. The launch was held at the Jewish Holocaust Centre at Elsternwick.
Here is Viv Parry’s intro for Uncle Boydie:
” Barbara Miller called her biography of William Cooper, Gentle Warrior, the same could be said of Uncle Boydie. Uncle Boydie leaves an indelible mark on your heart and mind as he expresses with great honesty the things that matter most to him. You witnessed Uncle saying “ sorry “ to Moshe, this from a man who stills hold out hope for more than just a passing apology to his people. Uncle Boydie has dedicated a huge part of his life to continuing the legacy of his late grandfather Mr. William Cooper. His passion to complete the dreams and aspirations of his grandfather’s work as he approaches his 89th year, is truly inspirational and selfless.
Assisting to break down the walls and barriers to such an achievement is Uncle Boydie ‘s right hand man the undeniably passionate Abe Schwartz, Anyone who would like to learn more , please don’t hesitate to speak with Abe. ”
Barbara you were with us in spirit and in words, and now have the opportunity to share my film on your website.
I am so grateful for your support , your advice and knowledge of the Family made all the difference. I am truly grateful.”
Viv’s enthusiastic steering of this project which was her vision is inspiring too. She says: