Children of the Revolution

84 Minutes, 2015
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Directed by: Igal Bursztyn
Language: Hebrew
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Director Igal Bursztyn’s documentary follows the story of his parents who had fled Poland in the 1930s. The film jumps between his birthplace of Manchester, UK, to Poland – the country he grew up in, and Israel – which later became his home. Through visiting places his family lived and having meetings and sit-downs with them, Bursztyn sets out to better understand the family’s past and in the process, perhaps even his own present?
In the first part of the film, Bursztyn explores the prisons which members of his family were locked up in for communist activities. Later, he concludes the film with a shot of Israel’s Ofer Prison just by Ramallah in the West Bank where Bursztyn served as a warden at one point, watching over Palestinian inmates as an IDF reservist. Thus the film zigzags back and forth between past and present, self and collective, Europe and the Middle East, individual and family history, and the national and political.

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