Where Is Anne Frank examines the legacy of Anne Frank. Through the publication of her diary, Anne’s writings about being a normal child experiencing persecution has been read by and impacted millions. But its message fights to be seen, not a snapshot of the past, but as relevant as ever in the present.
The film is set one year from now, when a girl appears in the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. She is Kitty, Anne’s imaginary friend who she addressed her diary entries to. Kitty looks for Anne but can’t find her, and takes the diary to read it for clues.
She finds the world outside the museum filled with dedications to Anne – Anne Frank Bridge, Anne Frank School, Anne Frank Theatre. The veneration of the diary is everywhere, with a €100,000 reward for its return.
But it’s message is another matter. People queue up to get into the Anne Frank Museum, while pretending not to see refugees struggling to stay sheltered and warm on the other side of the street. In supposedly empty buildings, hiding in secret are people effected by war, people effected by persecution, people frightened they will be deported to their death. The authorities try to put them on transports, send them to the thing they fear most, at danger to their lives.
Throughout the film, we see scenes from Anne’s life alongside Kitty’s journey to find its conclusion. The animation works really well, giving me goosebumps. Primarily traditional animation, there is also photography and almost like a CGI walk-through of the Anne Frank House. The music is really great, and the plot has enough energy and action to keep younger viewers grabbed.
Timely and touching film.