April 13, 2017

Sachem honoree Eva Kor featured in upcoming WFYI documentary

INDIANAPOLIS - WFYI Public Media, in collaboration with Ted Green Films and Mika Brown, will debut “Eva,” a documentary on the extraordinary life and mission of Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, in the spring of 2018 on WFYI 1 Public Television. The film will detail Kor’s incredible story of survival while focusing on her efforts to deliver a powerful message of forgiveness around the world.

"I'm increasingly drawn to stories of the human spirit, the triumph of the human spirit,” filmmaker Ted Green said. “I've never seen a greater personal example of the triumph of the human spirit than Eva Mozes Kor. Her psychological transformation and the good she's doing for others is astonishing."

Green and co-producer Brown have been traveling the world conducting interviews and documenting many of Kor’s most significant successes – stories of lives changed as a result of sharing her story and life perspective. Today’s ceremony honoring her as this year’s Sachem Award winner is the latest in a long line of distinctions. She has previously been honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash (twice), Anne Frank Change the World Award and the Mike Vogel Humanitarian Award, among others.

“Eva is a one-of-a-kind person with a captivating message,” WFYI President Lloyd Wright said. “She may only be 4-feet, 9-inches tall, but she commands every room she walks in, and that aura transfers well to a television screen. This could be one of the most powerful productions WFYI will ever show.”

That’s saying something. WFYI and Green have teamed up on several other highly acclaimed documentaries previously, including “Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story,” “Naptown to Super City” and, most recently, “Attucks: The School That Opened a City.” There have been six collaborations altogether that have won nine regional Emmys, including two for Best Documentary.

“Eva” will include many celebrities whose lives have been affected by Kor’s passion and perseverance. Narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner, it will include on-camera appearances from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, basketball star Ray Allen, TV and movie star Elliot Gould and many others who reveal touching accounts of Kor’s impact on their own lives.

At 83, Kor still keeps a busy travel schedule speaking to groups around the world. She also continues to welcome thousands of guests at her CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

A trailer for “Eva” can be viewed at www.thestoryofeva.com/

About WFYI Public Media
As a PBS and NPR member station that also produces local and original contevnt, WFYI Public Media serves the public through six 24/7 digital broadcast services. WFYI Public Radio operates on two distinct stations – 90.1 FM and 90.1 HD2 The Point, while WFYI Public Television operates three DTV services (20.1, 20.2 and 20.3). Through intentional community engagement, WFYI has a strong education component, particularly as a hub for the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, and an ongoing public presence as an organization that amplifies the voices of our community. Additionally, WFYI runs the Indiana Reading and Information Service (IRIS), a reading service for visually - and literacy-impaired people. Learn more at www.wfyi.org.