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Daddy come to the fair| 1hr : 16mins
Director: Nitza Gonen | Producer: Ido Bahat
Focus Years: 1999 | Country: Israel
Subject Tags: conflict, israel, middle east, relationships, violence
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The film documents the pilgrimage of a father and son, journeying from alienation and reaching reconciliation and affinity. MORDECHAI VILOZNY, the father, is a Holocaust survivor visiting Poland, where he lost his parents. He returns for the first time after fifty years to the landmarks of his childhood in Poland and follows his father's track to Auschwitz. MORDECHAI never told his children of his experience during WWII; his silence resulted in alienation from his first-born, SHMUEL. Through the silence, the trauma still passed on to SHMUEL. Surprisingly through this journey father and son free themselves from the traumas; the father from the trauma of the Holocaust, son from the shadows of father`s unknown trauma. Accusations were hurled and answers were given. They laughed together for the first time in many years, they hugged, they kissed and they cried, finally understanding each other. The film documents the journey as they visit the sites of MORDECHAI's childhood confronting today's Poland. Intertwined in the film are Stand-up comedy routines by SHMUEL VILOZNY, in which he is brutally frank about the emotional turmoil of a second generation Holocaust survivor. The film does not rest on the details of the father's war memories nor on SHMUEL's childhood memories. It is a film about a father and son trying to understand the Holocaust trauma and its effects on their lives.
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