The project entailed staging scenes of verbal attacks on actors playing Muslim, Asian, and Jewish students at the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, to see who would step up and defend.
“Everyone says they would stand up; of course they would. We wanted to put that to the test,” said Rosa Zwier, AUJS Campaigns Director. “It was an ambitious experiment, and we were truly curious to see the results. The film is a celebration of those who stood up, and puts across a strong message about those who did not.”
The social experiment, covertly filmed on multiple cameras, was conducted 23 times. Of those experiments 15 times people stood up; 8 times people stood by.
The project is designed to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014.