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Episode 399 – Eigth Grade / Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

In this podcast we discuss:

 

– Eight Grade

– Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Our Netflix picks are:

  • Sausage Party
  • The Gift
  • Love & Friendship

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Episode 398 – Skyscraper / Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Ok Super Troopers, it’s time for more Moviewallas.  This week we discuss:

 

  • Skyscraper
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Our Netflix picks this week are:

  • Fandry
  • Sairat
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Episode 397 – Sicario: Day of the Soldado / Eating Animals / Sorry to Bother You

Three very different movies to review this week.  Tune in for discussions of:

  

– Sicario: Day of the Soldado

– Eating Animals

– Sorry to Bother You

Our Netflix picks this week are:

  

– Certain Women

– Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

– Blue Jasmine


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Episode 396 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Ant-Man and the Wasp

Franchises galore this week with reviews of:

– Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

– Ant-Man and the Wasp

This week’s Netflix picks are:

    

– Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

– Set It up

– King of Peking


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Episode 395 – Hotel Artemis / Disobedience / Incredibles 2

It’s another triple bill review in this episode with discussion of:

  

– Hotel Artemis

– Disobedience

– Incredibles 2

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Episode 394 – Adrift / Ocean’s 8 / Hereditary

Time for another dollop of films reviews and banter.  In this podcast we talk about:

  

– Adrift

– Ocean’s 8

– Hereditary

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Episode 393 – Book Club / Lean on Pete / Tully

It’s another triple-bill review this week.  Join us for discussions of:

– Book Club

– Lean on Pete

– Tully

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Episode 392 – Avengers:Infinity War / Solo: A Star Wars Story / Deadpool 2

Superheroes and sci-fi everywhere this week.  Join us for our thoughts on:

  

– Avengers: Infinity War

– Solo: A Star Wars Story

– Deadpool 2

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Episode 391 – I Feel Pretty / Rampage / Life of the Party

In this episode of Moviewallas we babble on about:

  • I Feel Pretty
  • Rampage
  • Life of the Party

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After Auschwitz | Review

As the 70th anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day approached earlier this year, Poland passed some controversial legislation criminalizing any mention of Poles “Being responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes committed by the Third German Reich.” They stated that the harshest penalties would be reserved for those who referred to Nazi-era concentration camps such as Auschwitz as “Polish death camps.”  Many in Israel called this an attempt to whitewash the role that some Poles had in the detention and killing of around three million Polish Jews during World War 2.

Regardless of what you may think about who was complicit or how we refer to the role of Poland specifically, one thing is for certain; the holocaust occurred, it was one of the atrocious cases of mass killing, and we need to do everything we can to make sure such horrors never happen again.  This alone makes AFTER AUSCHWITZ critical and compelling viewing.  Recently I was invited to a sedar dinner where our host explained that one of the last remaining holocaust survivors at their local synagogue had just passed.  As the years move on, so do most of the remaining survivors and our ability to hear directly from them about the atrocities each of them faced for a period of their lives

Jon Kean’s AFTER AUSCHWITZ, is a “Post-Holocaust” documentary that follows six incredible women after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps.  It effectively captures what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life although we quickly learn that despite these women surviving and going on to build productive lives in the United States, they never truly find a place to call home.  Well-constructed with appropriate archival footage and in-depth interviews, the documentary examines the question around what happens after surviving an unspeakable horror.

For survivors of the Holocaust, liberation was both an incredible moment and a devastating one. It marked the beginning of a life-long struggle. Most wanted to go home, but home no longer existed in devastated post-war Europe. Many came to America and wanted to tell people about their experiences but were silenced. “You’re in America now, put it behind you” is what they were told. The women Kean follows became mothers and wives with successful careers, but never fully healed from the scars of the past

Their stories not only show the indelible role immigrants and women played in the history of America during the second half of the 20th century, but also how each of them tried to assimilate, some more successfully than others. In all cases however, what strikes the watcher most about these resilient and inspiring women and what is captured perfectly is this incredible will to survive and a sense of duty they feel to live a full life.

Although AFTER AUSCHWITZ deals with a specific group of survivors, it is universal in the questions it ponders about which relate to moving on after tragedy and adapting to a “normal” life. It’s a story we see repeated by survivors of other genocides – a sad recurring reality that haunts the women in AFTER AUSCHWITZ. Their suffering from post-traumatic stress is also unfortunately universal, as seen in the lives of soldiers coming home from war and even in victims of childhood abuse.

“We normally learn about the Holocaust as if it started with Germany invading Poland, and liberation was the end of it,” says Kean. “Allied soldiers triumphantly told Jews in camps, ‘you’re free, go home.’ But what happened to survivors on the day after liberation? And the day after that? That’s the film I wanted to make. By seeing the world through the eyes of these amazing women, we not only hear unique female voices, we witness stories of resiliency and determination that audiences have never heard before.”  Mission accomplished.

This is a rush out and see documentary that is compelling, heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time.

AFTER AUSCHWITZ opens in Los Angeles on May 4th however for more information about the film, including dates, cities and theaters, visit https://www.AfterAuschwitz.com