“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” won the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards. Filmmakers Nicholas Reed (left) and Malcolm Clarke (right) took to the stage to accept their award and Clark had this to say:
“When I met Alice Sommer, I was struck by two things. Her extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness. For those of you who don’t know it, the amazing Alice Sommer died one week ago today. She was 110 … this really is for Alice.”
Sommer was a Holocaust survivor whose extraordinary life is featured in the film, as she discusses music, laughter and remaining optimistic in the face of great challenges and hard times.
Reed writes of Sommer on the film’s website, “Kids all over the world grow up on superheroes, what we, their parents, must remind them, is documentaries tell stories about ‘real superheroes.’ Superheroes are based on great people, real people, like Alice Herz Sommer.”
A clip of the documentary is below.