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As Seen Through These Eyes (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
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Hilary Helstein's documentary As Seen Through These Eyes travels back through the annals of history to witness an unusual, rarely-discussed, and deeply moving phenomenon: that of the Holocaust victims who clung tightly to their own sanity - and, in some cases, saved their own lives - by engaging in the act of raw creation (art, in other words, as a form of psychological and spiritual liberation). Helstein reminds the audience that while international art celebrities such as Pablo Picasso painted

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Serves as another critical reminder of one of the world's most horrific periods, even if, cinematically, it's an affecting collection of stories and images in search of an actual center.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Though Maya Angelou is enlisted as the solemn narrator of Hilary Helstein's Holocaust documentary, the survivors here need no help expressing their own tragedies.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Unfortunately, Angelou's detached and often superfluous narration lessens the film's impact.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Art executed under the most excruciating conditions deserves a far more searching study than this too short film, which has the structure of a hurried checklist.

October 2, 2009
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Distractingly tortured metaphors are given a distractingly affected narration by Maya Angelou.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Distinguishes itself from many other Holocaust documentaries and offers a new perspective on this timeless tragedy.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Hilary Helstein offers a historically significant documentary reportage of Holocaust survivors who utilized art as their primary coping mechanism inside Hitler's concentration camps.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Helstein leads the narrative with superfluous voiceovers from poet Maya Angelou that emphasize the historicity of the events described and, in some instances, dote on details that seem irrelevant to the core topic.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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A quietly impressive testament to the tenaciousness of the human spirit.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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