Kisses To The Children directed by Vassilis Loules (Greece) 2011 reveals the personal stories of five Jewish children who were hidden in Christian homes during the WWII German occupation of Greece. They and some members of their family survived the death camps where millions of others died.
The film is a testimony to the bravery and compassion of a few who risked their own safety to save the less fortunate among them. Most of the Jewish population perished. While Kisses To The Children is a powerful work, it contains redundancy and unnecessary repetition of testimony and image.
It’s difficult to watch because of all the suffering these five people and the others who managed to endure during that monstrous time. Anti-Semitism still remains a problem in many countries including Greece. I don’t know what it will take to improve the situation for Jews and other persecuted minorities.
The San Francisco Greek Film Festival continues through Sunday 19 May 2013. More info at www.grfilm.com
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