13th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2020

Refined in the Fire


Australia | 6 min 45 sec | Biography | 2019 | Short Film (Live Action) | English

’Refined in the Fire’ follows the story of a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor and widow, Olga Wachtel, as she shares some of the experiences that have shaped her life. Olga shows us that adversity can refine our character like gold, which is purified in fire.


ওলগা ওয়াচেল, হলকাস্টের নির্মম মুহূর্ত থেকে ফিরে আসা ৯৫ বছর বয়সী বিধবা এক নারী। তিনি তার জীবনের কিছু অভিজ্ঞতার কথা বলেন যা তাকে তার বর্তমান জীবন দিয়েছে। ওলগা আমাদের দেখান যে কিভাবে সোনা আগুনে পুড়ে যেভাবে বিশুদ্ধ হয়, ঠিক সেভাবেই জীবনের দুঃখ-দুর্দশা গুলো কিভাবে আমাদের ব্যক্তিত্বকে পরিশোধন করে।

Ms. Anna Dvorak

She is currently entering her final year of university as she is studying Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Media, Arts & Production and Journalism. Anna appreciates art in all its diverse forms and enjoys being able to document the lived experiences of others, especially through the medium of film

Filmography: Refined In The Fire (2019) Short Documentary Searching For The Moon (2019) Short Experimental

Screening Schedule

  • 26 Jan
    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Goethe Institut

    Road 8, Dhanmondi

Credits and Casts

Anna Dvorak
Olga Wachtel
Anna Dvorak
Anna Dvorak
Anna Dvorak
Alec Farrow, Ariane Khalil
Leading Casts
Olga Wachtel Angelique Opie as YOUNG OLGA Jacqui Greenfield as OLGA'S MOTHER Dave Coneer as SS OFFICER Alexandra Firmstone as PRISONER 1 Laura Inglese as PRISONER 2 Rita Inglese as PRISONER 3
Audio Recordist
Adelaide Andersen
Sound Engineer
Lila Obradovic

Exhibition & Award History

* Selected for Josaiah Media Festival 2019 in Texas USA
* Selected for Lift Off Paris Online, Lift Off Sydney Online and Lift Off Melbourne Online 2019
* Selected for Camera Zizanio in Athens in Greece 2019
* Selected for Enimation Festival in Slovenia 2019
* Selected for Top Indie Film Awards in Tokyo 2019
- Nominated for best music and best editing
- Winner of best student film