The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of the Jews From Bulgaria (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of the Jews From Bulgaria (2001)

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While the anti-Semitic poison of the Third Reich spread through much of Europe as Nazi forces took hold during World War II, there were a few pockets of resistance, and one of the most remarkable (and least-known) stories concerns the people of Bulgaria, one of the only Nazi-occupied countries where the majority of the Jewish population lived to see the end of the war. The Optimists is a documentary that explains how 50,000 Bulgarian Jews were saved from the Nazi death camps by underground resistance forces and the selfless acts of many brave individuals. Directed by Jacky Comforty, The Optimists received an Honorable Mention as Best Peace Film at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival; incidentally, the name comes from a jazz combo formed in America by Bulgarian Jews who escaped to freedom in the West.
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Critic Reviews for The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of the Jews From Bulgaria

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It's a rare documentary about the Holocaust that would dare call itself The Optimists, but the title is oddly fitting for this chronicle of the Bulgarian Jews' near-miraculous survival of the Second World War.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
New York Times
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Questionable as a theory of history, but as a human sentiment, it's touching to behold.

Full Review… | October 18, 2005
Village Voice
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This is the rare Holocaust documentary that ends on an optimistic note, and Comforty's film might even help reinforce one's faith in humankind, even as it begs the troubling question of why such courage and resistance was in short supply.

October 21, 2005
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