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Hiding & Seeking (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B



I think I have found a new hero for our times.  His name is Menachem Daum and this crusader (besides keeping the truth about The Holocaust alive) is also battling against knee-jerk reactions to terrorism and extremism with history and faith in Hiding & Seeking (2003), another unbelievably powerful and exceptional documentary from filmmakers Daum and Oren Rudavsky.  The previously reviewed A Life Apart remains one of most talked about and read documentary reviews to date and they are creating one of the most important series of works in the field today.


To take this one step further, Daum decides to take his two Ultra-Orthodox sons to Poland in hopes they will see history undeniably and not be sucked into the mutually destructive thinking that other religions but theirs are getting extreme in an attempt to annihilate their beliefs.  The highjacking by extremists is getting worse and worse.  Poland was one of the ugliest battlegrounds for Jews to survive against The Nazis at their most vicious, quite an amazing low considering their murderous world tour of Fascism.  Despite annihilating the entire city to find every Jew they could kill and bring the city to their knees, there were good people who still managed to hide and help Jews survive and escape certain genocide.


In this case, those who survived were able to reestablish their religion in the United States and they have gone on, but the scars never heal.  When in Poland, they have to track down the people and the place where the gift of life and survival occurred.  Though you may think you know what to expect, there are things you may not and in how this program begins, the context adds a vital layer that makes this remarkable must-see viewing.  Hiding & Seeking is a remarkable sophomore effort and we’ll be waiting for more.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image originates on NTSC video, but is not bad and is mostly composed of new video footage.  Occasional old black and white film footage surfaces, but this is for the most part pretty much from scratch as it were.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is standard with no surrounds, but good clarity expected from a recent recording.  Extras include nine stills in a photo gallery, an excellent interview with the co-directors at about 13 minutes that updates the main program, text biographies on both and trailers for four other New Yorker DVDs including A Life Apart.  All of this is time well spent.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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