It's a first.
A Collier County student-produced documentary, "Liberation," which first aired on the public schools' cable TV channel, is making the leap to WGCU.
The 30-minute film about two local Holocaust survivors will be featured on WGCU's Create/Encore channel (Comcast cable 201) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
This 30-minute television production chronicles the story of Heinz and Hella Wartski, who experienced the Holocaust separately and met at a displaced persons school in Massachusetts after World War II. Hella survived the atrocities of Auschwitz and Heinz was forced to flee to Italy with his family as a young boy in order to evade capture.
Gulf Coast High School senior Mary Leslie was the student director, aided by classmates with the writing, filming and editing.
The video was a joint endeavor with the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum in Naples, which also originated from a Collier County student project. Since its humble beginnings in 2001, the museum has flourished into a cultural and educational center spotlighting not only the Holocaust, but other genocidal injustices around the world.
If you miss "Liberation" on Saturday, it also will air on the public school system's Education Channel (Comcast cable 99) next week on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.; Monday and Wednesday at 9 p.m.; Friday at 7:30 a.m., and 9 p.m.; Saturday at noon; and Sunday, June 3, at noon.
The project is outstanding, and the way it is being shared with the public blazes trails for others that ought to be encouraged to follow.