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Seeds of Destiny(Movie, 1946)

20min | Genres: Documentary, War
Seeds of DestinyRating: 3.0/5 (with 33 votes)
Seeds of Destiny is a 1946 short propaganda film about the despairing situation faced by millions of children in the wake of the Holocaust who were homeless, parentless, orphaned, and in poor health. The film was produced by the Defense Department of The U.S. Army War Department to keep the world's attention focused on the suffering of displaced and orphaned refugee children in transit and displaced persons camps in Europe and to champion the work of UNRRA. It was the winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1946. It was directed by accomplished short film — and later feature film — director David Miller. In countries throughout Europe, as soon as an area had been liberated by the armed forces of the United Nations or as a consequence of retreat of the enemy, the U.S. Army Signal Corps filmed dramatic images of neglected and injured children in displaced persons' camps, refugee camps or wandering the streets in the rubble of bombed out cities. By 1944, the United States had joined with other nations as a signatory with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). The film was premiered before the UNRRA in 1946, and the revenue raised from i... ()
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Awards & Nominations for Seeds of Destiny

Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)

About Seeds of Destiny

Oscar winning postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities, post-war devastation and the early relief efforts. This film was responsible for raising over $200,000,000, making it a top moneymaking film.


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Trailer for Seeds of Destiny + Featurettes/Teaser/Clips

Full movie from the US National Archives(Clip, 19:52)

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Additional Information

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Production country: United States of America (USA)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 1 language: English (EN)
Status: Released
Release date US: 01/01/1946
Director: David Miller
Film Editor: Gene Fowler Jr.
Revenue: 200,000,000 USD

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:256011, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 01/18/2022