"As I sit down and press play on I Am Here, the screen fills with images of hate and terror. A montage of news anchors reporting on the escalation of hate crimes against Jewish people across the world: white men marching with torches, synagogues covered with swastikas and slurs, people being attacked in streets for wearing religious dress. The news clips continue to mount up until one final report breaks through. A radio host educates us about the anti-Semitic postings of a social media influencer, and the open letter published in response by a 98-year-old Holocaust survivor. This is our first introduction to the astounding and extraordinary life of Ella Blumenthal."

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