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Our Children : Undzere Kinder

Natan Gross; Shaul Goskind
Online; Online Video; Video
Drama; Feature Films; Fiction Films
2008; 1948
"This semi-documentary film (and Poland’s last Yiddish feature) features the comedy duo Shimon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust. Directed on location by Nathan Gross and Shaul Goskind at at the JDC-supported Helenowek Colony, an orphanage and school near Lodz, this film includes Dzigan and Shumacher's virtuoso turn as all the characters in Sholem Aleichem's Kasrilevke Brent (Kasrilevke is Burning), and an exchange of roles where they become the children's audience. Reversals continue during the performers' visit to the children's residence, as the children teach adults about the healing possibilities of music, dance and storytelling." --National Center for Jewish Film
Natan Gross
Shaul Goskind
National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University
Film Cooperative Kinor, Shaul Goskind presents ; screenplay, Natan Gross, Jean Farge, Bronislaw Brock ; director, Natan Gross ; produced in the Polish State Film Studios "Film-Polski."
"Suppressed by the Polish Communist government as too "pro-Zionist" and lost for over thirty years ..."
"Created among the ruins of a once vibrant Jewish community, this last Yiddish feature film produced in Poland stands as a final chapter in the history of Polish Jewish culture."--Opening screens.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.
Narrator, Jakub Rolbaum ; cinematography, L. Zajaczkowski ; music, Shaul Berezowski.
Nusia Gold, Shiomon Dzigan, Yisroel Shumacher, Z. Skrzeszewska, N. Kareni, R. Stolarska, H. Kestain, Y. Videcki, A. Daniewicz, N. Meisler, I. Glantz, G. Czifdar.
Yiddish with new English subtitles.
"Our Children was produced under the scrutiny of the Polish Communist Party and subsequently was not allowed to be shown in Poland. The discovery of an original nitrate print in 1979 by Polish journalist Bernard Turner enabled the restoration of this important film." --National Center for Jewish Film
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