CCI Entertainment Ltd.

June 14, 2007 15:23 ET

CCI Entertainment's Documentary My Opposition-The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner to be Preserved at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) -

Attention Entertainment Editors/Cultural Editors

CCI Entertainment, producers of My Opposition - The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner are extremely pleased to announce the internationally acclaimed historic diaries which are the subject of the documentary, will be offered to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The documentary about these fascinating diaries will have its world premiere on Canada's Global Television Network on June 16, 2007.

The documentary recounts the dramatic story of Friedrich Kellner, who bravely campaigned against the Nazis in the 1920's and 30's and continued to oppose them even after Hitler came to power. He was called before a Nazi tribunal and threatened with imprisonment and death, and yet he continued to risk his life with his secretly recorded writings to alert coming generations to the dangers of totalitarianism and intolerant ideologies. Interwoven into the film is the remarkable story of Friedrich Kellner's grandson, who grew up in an orphanage in Connecticut, went in search of his grandfather and discovered the diaries. Robert Scott Kellner now uses these historical writings as a weapon against hatred, to ensure that such horrific crimes against humanity never again take place.

The diaries were written while Friedrich Kellner was living in Nazi Germany working as a mid level government officer. Aware he was risking his life, he was determined to document what was happening around him. Today, Kellner's grandson Dr. Robert Scott Kellner has made it his life's work to bring the diaries and their messages to the world to ensure that people will never forget the horrific crimes that took place during the Holocaust.

"We had a number of options for where these diaries would be housed," said Dr. Robert Scott Keller. "But we believe the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the best location because it focuses on the future and I want my grandfather's diaries to be in a place where they have the greatest chance to influence generations to come."

My Opposition- The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner premieres on Global Television Network on Saturday June 16 at 7pm ET and will hold its first US screening at The George Bush Sr. Presidential Library (a one time temporary home for the diaries) on the 26th of September 2007.

My Opposition- The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner has just won the Certificate of Creative Excellence at the US International Film and Video Festival award ceremony to be held on June 2nd in Hollywood, California. The documentary is distributed by CCI Releasing Inc.

CCI Entertainment Ltd. (Cambium Catalyst International)

CCI Entertainment is one of Canada's leading independent production and distribution companies, particularly recognized in the area of family programming.

Produced in association with Global Television, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Inc and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund and the participation of the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit with the assistance of the Government of Ontario - The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Produced with the participation of the Rogers Documentary Fund.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will showcase Canada's human rights journey and contribution to human rights. Targeted to open in 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a national museum, it has the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, the Forks North Portage Partnership and private sector donors including numerous corporations, labour groups, associations and individuals from across Canada. In addition, over 40 ethno-cultural and human rights groups support the creation of this museum.

Contact Information

  • CCI Entertainment
    Kristin Lecour
    (416) 583-2905
    or
    Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    Kim Jasper (or Laura Currie)
    (204) 989-5525