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Skate to Survive

This documentary follows the artistic life and struggle of figure skating coach and choreographer Ellen Burka from pre-war Amsterdam, to Westerbork and Theresienstadt concentration camps, to Dutch national champion in 1946, bohemian Toronto in the 1950’s and finally world skating celebrity.
" The documentary is a multi-faceted gem of esthetics, character, and politics." by Nancy Wigston, CJN, 17.12.09
"The documentary, utterly charming at times, horrifying at others..." by Beverley Smith, The Globe and Mail, 26.02.09
Film Details
One Off
Format: 
HD
2008
MinutesSeconds
Run time48-
Skate to Survive Productions
Credits
Director: 
ASTRA BURKA
Producer: 
ASTRA BURKA
Producer: 
Michael Kainer
Editor: 
Thomas Cooper
Writer: 
Michael Kainer
Cinematographer: 
Zoe Dirse
Film Composer: 
Peter Mundinger
Commissioning Editor: 
OMNI Television
Distributor: 
Skate to Survive Productions Canada
Distributor: 
Ruth Diskin Films outside of Canada
Awards and Festivals
2008-Jewish Eye Film Festival, Ashkelon, Israel
2008-Toronto Jewish Film Festival
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