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Into The Arms Of Strangers / Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport

 (PG)
2000 - Warner Brothers - all rights reserved
     
  Into The Arms Of Strangers / Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
8.75 /10
 
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Directed by: Mark Jonathan Harris
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Released: 2000
   
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: c
   
Length: 111
 
 


 
A deeply moving documentary about Kindertransport, an initiative which placed 10,000 (mainly Jewish) children in British foster homes, but also separated them from their cultural roots and - in many cases, forever - their parents.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Director Mark Jonathan Harris uses survivors to tell a soul-searing story that has rarely been told, and certainly should be. The film reflects great credit not only on most of the British foster-parents who took part in the initiative, but the honesty of the transported children, now elderly adults, who agreed to be interviewed for the documentary.

It's the unsentimental recall of these survivors that is so powerful. The tiny details of a dozen different stories build into an extraordinary tale of Good versus Evil, self-sacrifice, the determination to survive, and the uneasy love that exists between children and parents. There is nothing ground-breaking about this film's technique; but it has many qualities - heart, importance, meaning - very lacking in most movies.


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