Excerpt from KADDISH, an independent feature-length documentary (produced, directed and edited by Steve Brand) about the psychological, emotional and political ramifications of history; in this case, growing up as the child of a Jewish Holocaust survivor. The film centers on the loving yet emotionally charged relationship between journalist Yossi Klein and his father, Zoltan, who survived the Holocaust in Hungary by hiding in a hole in the ground for six months. Completed in 1984, KADDISH was one of only two American films to be selected for that year’s NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS series, presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the film has gone on to widespread theatrical and non-theatrical distribution and has garnered critical acclaim including being listed by David Edelstein as one of the 10 Best Films of its year. KADDISH was selected for the Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award in Documentary, and has been invited to be shown at international film festivals in Jerusalem, London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Verona, and Sydney, Australia. The film has been shown at the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Gracie Mansion and the Knesset, and has been broadcast by WNET/13 and BRAVO.
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