Netflix has gotten into the business of short documentaries. The company today acquired the rights to “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” one of the five films nominated for best documentary, short subject at this year’s Academy Awards.
Directed by Malcolm Clarke (“Soldiers In Hiding,” “You Don’t Have To Die”) and produced by Nick Reed, the 38-minute film chronicles the life of Alice Herz Sommer, who passed away yesterday, Sunday, February 23, at age 110 in London. She was the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor. Born in Prague in 1903, she grew up in a well-to-do family whose friends included composer and conductor Gustav Mahler and writer Franz Kafka, and she became one of the most celebrated concert pianists in Central Europe. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, Sommer and her young son were transported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She not only survived, she helped others sustain hope through her performances of hundreds of classical piano pieces from memory.
“Telling Alice’s story was a life-changing experience for everyone involved with the film. We are so glad to partner with Netflix so that their viewers will be able to enjoy Alice’s infectious love of life and bright spirit,” said Reed. “Netflix viewers and future generations will be able to learn so many life lessons from this most amazing woman.”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” will premiere exclusively on Netflix on April 1, 2014 in the U.S. and Canada. Last year Netflix acquired “The Square,” which is also up for an Oscar in the feature doc category.