"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Holocaust Survivors

There has been much written about the loneliness and poverty of aging Holocaust survivors in Israel.  Letter from the Past, a short drama (47 minutes) by Ofer Zingerman, sheds light on these issues.

Menachem is a Holocaust survivor, a watch repairman, living in Tel Aviv.  When he receives a letter that had been lost at the post office for 30 years, it brings back memories of a time past.  This is a slow and compelling study of an aging man, his fear of the thugs who exploit the elderly people in his neighborhood, and his memories of his family from so long ago. As his story is slowly revealed, we are drawn in and feel for his sad existence.  

Letter from the Past is available from RuthDiskin.

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