at the alta of her memories

At the Altar of Her Memories


Directing, cinematography & editing by Tova Beck-Friedman
Shari's death
the dream
Bracha and her puppets Nisan


At age seventeen, following her liberation from Bergen-Belsen Bracha Ghilai came to Israel to start her life over. As part of her healing process she established a puppet theater.
Sixty years later, surrounded by her puppets Bracha recalls the dire events of her youth. Through a mix of storytelling, puppetry and archival photographs we experience the anguish of her narrative while she unlocks chapters from her painful past. Her stories range from the heart-wrenching description of her separation from her nephew, Nisan, to the powerful and poignant account of incredible power of endurance, survival and the guilt that accompanies it.
The film is 27 minutes long. It is in Hebrew with English subtitles.



"The film .... weaves puppetry within the testimony with much sensitivity; a delicate balance between horrors versus internal courage." Tzipi Kichler, Director, Beit Li’hiot
Center For Study Of The Holocaust, Holon, Israel. full text in English & Hebrew
" Beck-Friedman reveals to us more than a story—she opens a life in which innocence calls to be protected, and in which art serves as a restorative force, a force restorative of innocence itself." Mark Daniel Cohen,
"Employing a mix of puppetry, family photographs and archival footage, director Tova Beck-Friedman lays bare the poignant incidents in her Aunt Bracha’s life." Gulsen Calik, NY Arts Magazine



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Paula's wedding; Puppets; The coat; The dream; director's photo;