The Israel Film Service Collection

Because of That War

94 Minutes, 1988
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Directed by: Orna Ben-Dor Niv
Production:Shmuel Altman, David Schitz
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Oren Schmukler
Original Music: Yehuda Poliker
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Orna Ben-Dor Niv’s documentary follows singer-songwriters, Yehuda Policker and Ya’ackov Gilad’s creative journey that resulted in Ashes and Dust – the duo’s critically acclaimed album. Through conversations with the musicians and their parents, Ben-Dor Niv paints a raw, intimate portrait of the loaded intergenerational relationship between second generation Holocaust survivors and their parents – children who have had to grow up in the shadow of their parents’ trauma and who, as adults, still carry with them the full weight of it. Viewers are taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride between the most horrific testimonials and the album’s hauntingly beautiful songs – all of which have since become staples of Israeli culture. The film has won awards both at the Berlin International Film Festival and at the Leningrad [now St. Petersburg – EE] International Festival of Documentary Films.
These days, the filmmakers and the Israel Film Archive team are working on producing a digitally restored version. This version will be uploaded to our website in a few months. In the meantime, you are welcome to view a fine digital copy.

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