The Long Way Home


(out of 5)

In this excellent documentary, Mark Jonathan Harris tells the story of what happened to holocaust survivors when World War II ended and the camps were liberated. While most films on the subject stop at the freeing of the survivors, this unique documentary explores the experiences of those who left the camps barely alive, most of them fleeing persecution to America and the majority going to Palestine for the forming of the state of Israel. Harris uses a whole treasure trove of powerful stock footage, photographs and letters read over the soundtrack by notable names. The film loses its touch in its last half, when it switches from its clear narrative to a more emotionally vague approach, leaving you with the impression that Harris had no idea where to go with all the material he had. It couldn’t possibly be easy to make conclusions of the story being told here. Features narration by  and voice work by , , , and , .

Moriah Films, Simon Wiesenthal Center

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Mark Jonathan Harris

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1997


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