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Joseph Fisher’s memoir was discovered only after his death. His children refused to acknowledge it… except for David, the filmmaker, for whom his father’s story of survival and stuggle to hold onto sanity became a compass for his own life.
When David found it unbearable to be alone with his father’s memoir, he convinces his brothers and sister to join him in its discovery, hoping also to release tensions and re-establish their once close relationship as siblings. They, in turn, can’t understand why David would want to dig into the past instead of enjoying life in the present.
But, in the dark depths of the tunnels – part of an Austrian forced labor camp where their father had slaved during the Holocaust – illuminated only by flashlights, the Fishers find meaning in their personal and family histories. As their deepest pains are exposed, they cry and laugh in a series of bittersweet scenes that give this documentary a rare sense of intimacy.
“ A unique family, atmosphere and location, in a very unique film.” Yehuda Stav, Yedioth Aharonot (Israel)
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