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February 5, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2007
With the feel, look and indulgences of a sincere, even well-made home movie, it's an awkward fit for theatres.
March 5, 2004
What initially has a home-movie feel evolves into a deeply moving personal essay -- one with a universal message about the importance of healing past wounds and building a hatred-free future.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 2, 2004
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.
January 23, 2004
Tackles the significant questions of religious intolerance and of all religions in danger of being hijacked by extremists.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 5, 2004
Daum has ultimately made a heartfelt and rather brave film, which probably had the potential of unsettling not just his viewers, but the inner workings of his own family mechanism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2006
When the Daum's return from Israel, in one of the most impactful scenes, the boys sit with their maternal grandfather, an old wrinkled Jew with a short white beard, and ask him why he never tried to contact the Polish farmer who selflessly saved his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 3, 2004
Basically a personal essay, and the undeniably moving family saga takes over completely in the film's second half.
January 23, 2004
'Hiding and Seeking' fuses documentary reality with the appealing flow of story's conflict, complications, development and resolution.
April 5, 2004
If the film is a humanist's vision, it is also is a genealogist's dream come true-of spiritual and historical discovery despite insurmountable odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 16, 2004
A heartbreaking, life-affirming journey of religious reconciliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
What makes the film both watchable and important is the candid, untidy way it presents conflicting emotions and multiple points of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 5, 2004
The documentary filmmakers Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky return with a provocative personal essay film centered on Mr. Daum's tendentious relationship with his two sons.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2004
Shot on video and starring his family, Menachem Daum's latest documentary may be closer to a home movie than the usual theatrical release, but in its own quiet way, it's among the most important films you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2004
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.
March 16, 2004
A sensitively directed, highly humane look at the ties that bind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 26, 2004
A thoughtful documentary in which the filmmaker sets out to overcome the religious insularity of his two adult sons.
April 2, 2004
Ultimately, Hiding and Seeking is about finding the humanity in all people. This PBS-bound documentary lives up to that ambitious ideal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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