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IDFA 2017

Shadows

Yaldei Hatzlalim
Noa Aharoni
Israel
2017
53 min
International Premiere
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The stories of Eitan, Yigal and Miri show how long the past can cast its shadows. Their Holocaust-surviving parents were abused by the Nazis, then became abusers themselves—their fear and grief transformed into aggression and anger towards their children. For the first time on-screen, children of Holocaust survivors talk openly about the mental and physical suffering they experienced. Stories of abuse contrast with cheerful-looking black-and-white photos of the families. Even the grandchildren appear to be suffering from their parents’ burden of sorrow and pain. The children's attempt to talk about the past, as with Eitan and his ailing mother and Miri with her son, seem futile. The palpable inability to make contact is almost unbearable. Shadows asks the unavoidable questions: how long will the Holocaust continue to exert its evil influence on future generations, and how can the demons of the past be exorcised?

Credits
Director
Editing
    Yaniv Rize Sheffy
    Yaniv Rize Sheffy
World Sales
    Ruth Films
    Ruth Films
Screening copy
    Ruth Films
    Ruth Films
Sound Design
    Erez Eini Shavit
    Erez Eini Shavit
Music
    Daniel Solomon
    Daniel Solomon
Involved TV Channel
    Channel 8,
    NFCT
    Channel 8,
    NFCT