I interviewed Kelleigh McKenzie for Chronogram
back in 2008. Since then, the Rosendale resident has been busy in all kinds of ways, running for political office, doing activist work—and serving as one of several Hudson Valley singer-songwriters who collaborate with local Holocaust survivors to tell their stories in the PBS special “We Remember: Songs of Survivors,” which will premiere on April 26 at 8pm.
Coproduced by Tim Miller and Ilene Cutler, the documentary follows the creative process that transpires when the musicians meet and get to know each of their elder collaborators, letting them reflect on their experiences as children who endured the Holocaust and setting those experiences to song. Interviews with the survivors give glimpses into their lives during World War II, while the songwriters make video diaries to document their own personal journeys during the making of the film.
The program culminates with a concert of the songs that were written for the project, filmed at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh in 2019. Filled with healing joy, the resulting music celebrates the incredible lives of a strong and truly extraordinary generation.
PBS will premiere “We Remember: Songs of Survivors” on April 26 at 8pm. Visit the PBS website for more information or to stream the film.