IN THE MONUMENT is an online documentary on the evolution of Holocaust inspired monument building in the last 70 years. With the help of world famous artists, scholars, architects we get to explore how to make monuments last or is the timelessness just an illusion. Monuments, just like other pieces of public art, need to evolve and be ready for change. What makes one monument speak for centuries and others disappear without a trace?
This interactive documentary was produced by Interfilm Productions Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. We have made the full documentary available on the site. You can view eight main chapters by navigating to the top bar and additional videos, documents, and streetviews by navigating to the side bar.
The filmmaker, Boris Ivanov, is behind this project. His interest in the evolution of Holocaust memorialization and the use of public space for commemoration developed after an unplanned visit to the New England Holocaust Memorial many years ago.
This project was finally made possible by a grant from the Interactive Fund, a program created in partnership between Creative BC and the BC Arts Council. Creative BC is an independent agency that is responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia, Canada.
The creation of this project coincided with the competition call for the Canadian Holocaust Monument. With permission from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we were able to contact all submitting teams and interview as many of them as were available during our filming. These individuals brought a wealth of knowledge to the discussion and made this project so much more powerful and insightful.
This interactive documentary would not have been possible without the artistic acumen of the web designer Quentin Rogers and speed and proficiency of the editor Aynsley Baldwin. Classical music was performed by Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis. Electronic music was created by Dave King.
Special Thanks to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Canadian Museum For Human Rights, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMASS Amherst and Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University.
Thank you everyone who helped us down this road. We feel proud of the outcome.