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Uncle Chatzkel

Code: 
a20
Director: 
Rod Freeman
Producer: 
Film Australia
Subtitles: 
Italian
Screenplay: 
Rod Freeman
Release date: 
1999
Runtime: 
52'
Language: 
English
Location: 
DVD cabinet sala toscana Prato
Number of copies: 
1 DVD, 1 VHS
Awards: 
2002 Sarasota Festival of Jewish Cinema, Best Documentary; 2001 Washington Jewish Film Festival, Winner, Audience Award Documentary Category; New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, Winner - Director Award International Documentary; 2000 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards, Winner - Best Music for a Documentary (Guy Gross); 2000 Columbus International Film & Video Festival (aka Chris Awards), Honorable Mention; 7th Annual International Jewish Video Competition, 2nd Prize "Holocaust Remembrance - Biography
Synopsis: 
Chatzkel Lemchen has lived through the Russian revolution, two world wars, the Holocaust, a communist regime and the transition of Lithuania from Soviet republic to an independent state. Much of his family and most of his fellow Jewish citizens were killed by the Nazis and their Lithuanian supporters. Chatzkel, however, survived through his skills as a linguist and lexicographer. His dictionaries helped preserve the local language during the Soviet era and he is now regarded as a national treasure. But his success belies his sometimes lonely existence. Years of isolation end when his Australian relatives arrive, including his great nephew, filmmaker Rod Freedman. Who better than Uncle Chatzkel to help these visitors understand their roots?