Raising The Ashes

Excerpt from “Raising the Ashes”

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In 1996 actor Michael O’Keefe approached Michael Barnard about helping to produce a documentary about a special healing event O’Keefe’s Zen Buddhist order was undertaking at Auschwitz.  After filming in Warsaw and Cracow, the crew moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau where they documented the healing event (supervised by Roshi Bernie Glassman)  that lasted about a week and involved the participation of 200 Zen practitioners from around the world. This unusual feature-length documentary is the result. Barnard was the Line Producer and Director of Photography for the film and his son Walker did the field sound recording.

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