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P.O.V. (2004)




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Members of a family try to bridge their differences as they address different interpretations of Judaism in this emotionally powerful documentary. Menachem Daum is a devout Jew, as is his wife, Rivka Daum. During World War II, Rivka's father survived the Holocaust thanks to a Polish family who hid him from Nazi troops in their home, and Rivka and Menachem have planned a trip to Eastern Europe in order to find and meet the Poles who saved her father's life. The couple have two grown sons, whom they wish would join them for the trip; both are Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem and studying in yeshiva. While Menachem is proud of his sons' faith, he also believes they have set themselves apart from the real world, and fears they've used their devotion as a wall rather than a bridge. Eventually, the two sons join their parents on their journey, and both the parents and their children gain valuable perspectives on one another's points-of-view, especially after meeting the family of heroic Poles. Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After The Holocaust was shown in competition at the 2002 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , , ,
Written By: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky
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On DVD: Dec 14, 2004
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Explores the greater effects of the Holocaust on faith, not only in God but in other people, while revealing a single family's tale of survival.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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The singular beauty of Hiding and Seeking is its delicate but relentless probing of ambiguous motivation on the one hand, and its hearteningly conciliatory spirit on the other.

Full Review… | June 2, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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What makes the film both watchable and important is the candid, untidy way it presents conflicting emotions and multiple points of view.

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
Boston Globe
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A thoughtful documentary in which the filmmaker sets out to overcome the religious insularity of his two adult sons.

March 26, 2004
Washington Post
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Its examination of the long-lasting effects of evil on the psyche of its victims and their descendants is both thoughtful and much needed in these increasingly polarized times.

February 12, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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With his filmmaking partner Oren Rudavsky, Menachem Daum is a rare documentarian willing to explore the painful subject of some Orthodox Jews' intolerance towards gentiles, and he does it in a highly personal fashion.

February 6, 2004
New York Post
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