“Rainbow in the Night,” a breathtaking music video of epic proportion, produced by Danny Finkelman and composed by Cecelia Margulies, stars Ari Raskin and his sister Leah Raskin of Crown Heights.
By Sandy Eller
Seventy two years have elapsed since the German invasion of Poland and as time progresses, the number of people who can recount the stories of the atrocities that occurred during the darkest period in our history continues to grow smaller and smaller. As the voices of those who survived World War II weaken with age, those who deny the Holocaust are becoming more and more vocal as they spread their malicious lies worldwide.
While Steven Spielberg’s epic film Schindler’s List made the horrors of World War II real for so many, there is an entire generation who know nothing of the inhumanity that occurred nearly three quarters of a century ago.
Raised on sound bites and video clips, today’s youth has no interest in lengthy films or perusing weighty volumes of history. Yet, there is no question that the memories of the six million who died and the stories of those who miraculously survived the most unspeakable period in Jewish history must be kept alive for both this and future generations.
Faced with this daunting challenge, composer, writer and producer Cecelia Margulies has teamed up with producer and director Danny Finkelman and created Rainbow in the Night, a breathtaking music video of epic proportion, featuring magnificent cinematography and poignant vocals that will bring the Holocaust to life in a powerful YouTube video that will transport the viewer back to World War II Poland for just five short minutes.
Filming is already underway for this first ever music video about the holocaust, which will show a glimpse into the past, present and future of a World War II survivor.
Filmed in Krakow, New York and the Majdanek concentration camp, Rainbow in the Night features a cast of thirty actors, a crew of twenty and the inspiring voice of Cantor Yanky Lemmer singing the title track, composed for this historical opus by Margulies.
Featuring glimpses of pre-war Poland, haunting scenes shot inside the extermination camp, the moment of liberation and a glorious finale featuring Judaism’s greatest triumph against the Germans – hundreds of Jewish children proudly continuing the legacy that the Nazis hoped to extinguish – Rainbow in the Night is a stunning production that will capture both the horrors of the war and the unimpeachable resilience that defines the Jewish nation.
Rainbow in the Night, which has already caught the attention of Reuters, is slated for released in both New York and Jerusalem in January.
Co-Producers of this project include the Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation, by Director Dr. Joseph Geliebter, as well as Sigmund Rolat and Lev Rivkin.
With their unerring eye for detail and authenticity, the producers of this epic clip are doing their utmost to ensure that this most important chapter in the annals of Jewish history remain forever etched in the minds and hearts of Jews worldwide.
Rainbow in the Night
Daniel Finkelmanm – Director
Cecelia Margules – Executive Producer
Mauricio Arenas – Cinematographer
Valerie Hayward – Line Producer
Tzirel Raskin – Art Director
Yitz Shemtov – Music Production
Performed by – Yanky Lemmer
Child actors: Ari Raskin, Leah Raskin