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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

From Bitter Earth: Artists of the Holocaust


Screening Information

June 1 – June 14
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United Kingdom
Year 1988
Running Time 64 MIN
Languages English, French, Hebrew
Subtitles English
Director Paul Morrison

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From Bitter Earth powerfully examines the drawings and paintings that survived the concentration camps, ghettos and hiding places of the Second World War. While most of the artists who created them perished, Morrison interviews painters like Yehuda Bacon, Dinah Gottliebova and Walter Spitzer who talk about the extraordinary perseverance and ingenuity that such artists demonstrated in attempting to capture the world around them, which was often punishable by death. Upon its initial airing on the BBC in 1988, The Independent referred to Paul Morrison’s documentary as “a worthy footnote to [Claude Lanzmann's] Shoah.”

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Paul Morrison and Historian-Curator-Writer Monica Bohm-Duchen, in conversation with Professor Nathan Abrams, Bangor University, Wales