Last week our students had a screening of the documentary film “HI Jew Positive” and a discussion with the director, Ronit Krezner. The film follows a small group of Polish citizens who find out they are Jewish. The connections between national identity and religious identity, Zionism, and family history are all called into question as the film explores these individuals’ discoveries and follows them on their journey to shape a new identity.
The film’s production says, “Every day, Catholic Poles discover that their parents kept their true identity hidden from them – the fact they were Jewish, second and third-generation to Holocaust survivors. It happens to people of all ages from all socioeconomic backgrounds, in villages and in big cities. These are The New Jews of Poland. This is a story about the search for love and identity, a journey that began in Warsaw, moved to Israel, and returned to Poland. A voyage of people whose identity has been shattered.”
It was particularly interesting to see how the director relates her own attempts to connect to her family roots with the experiences of the subjects of her film.
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