Directing, cinematography & editing by Tova Beck-Friedman
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, jewish-theatre.com. text
"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
Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013
Under the Patronage of the European Parliament, 23 September - 29 October 2013
At the Tolerance Center Hall Vilnius (Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum) and St. Catherine's Church Vilnius.
23 September - 27 October 2013
At Kedainiai Regional Museum, 02-29 October 2013
Virtual Shoa Memorial Riga, Latvia, 2012
Hartford Jewish Film Festival, 2009.
The Jerusalem Cinematheque, Israel
EYE AM, Women Behind the Lens, New
Holon Theater, Israel
Yeshiva University Museum, New York,
The Center for Jewish History, New
Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City,
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Cleveland,
Beit Li’hiot, Center For Study
Of The Holocaust, Holon, Israel
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry,
Drew University, Madison, NJ
JCC Baltimore, MD
Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal,
Israeli Television, Channel 10
In the collection
The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New
Yad Vashem; The Holocaust Remembrance
Authority, Jerusalem. Israel.
Holocaust Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film at the
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
Bergen-Belsen Memorial Museum, Germany
The Jerusalem Cinematheque, Isreal
Massuah, Institute For Study Of The
Holocaust, Tel Itzhak, Israel