Following the making of the book Invisible Years, this documentary is an intimate animated portrait that weaves together an extended Jewish family’s experiences in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

About the Film

The film will be based on my book, Invisible Years, about my extended Jewish family living in the German-occupied Netherlands. The experiences of the De Zoete, Geismar and Cohen families will be presented in their own words from Fortunoff Archive testimonies, and an extensive family archive of letters, diaries, documents and interviews. The film will animate the narrators voices by sequencing them with a trove of photographs and artifacts. The montage of intimate stories will come together as one as they illuminate the insidious persecution of the Jews, the courage of the resisters, and our common humanity.


Daphne Geismar

Daphne Geismar plans, designs, and produces books on art and history for museums and publishers including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Yale University Press. Her designs have won numerous awards from organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), The Association of Art Museum Curators, and the New England Book Show. She has been a juror for AAUP and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Kira Dane

Kira Dane is a half-Japanese and half-American filmmaker from New York currently based in Nara, Japan. Having been shaped and informed by two very different cultures, she is most interested in telling documentary stories that use animation and experimental forms to dig for nuance. Kira was a 2019 fellow of the Sundance Ignite Program.

Katelyn Rebelo

Katelyn Rebelo is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her work combines non-fiction and experimental forms, often exploring stories that reimagine concepts of femininity, memory, and personal freedom. She is currently a Creative Culture Filmmaker Fellow at Jacob Burns Film Center.



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