As Seen Through These Eyes
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Hilary Helstein's documentary As Seen Through These Eyes travels back through the annals of history to witness an unusual, rarely-discussed, and deeply moving phenomenon: that of the Holocaust victims who clung tightly to their own sanity - and, in some cases, saved their own lives - by engaging in the act of raw creation (art, in other words, as a form of psychological and spiritual liberation). Helstein reminds the audience that while international art celebrities such as Pablo Picasso painted widely-seen works that accomplished the same ends (consider, for instance, his Guernica) many… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Serves as another critical reminder of one of the world's most horrific periods, even if, cinematically, it's an affecting collection of stories and images in search of an actual center."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Art executed under the most excruciating conditions deserves a far more searching study than this too short film, which has the structure of a hurried checklist."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Hilary Helstein offers a historically significant documentary reportage of Holocaust survivors who utilized art as their primary coping mechanism inside Hitler's concentration camps."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Though Maya Angelou is enlisted as the solemn narrator of Hilary Helstein's Holocaust documentary, the survivors here need no help expressing their own tragedies."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Distractingly tortured metaphors are given a distractingly affected narration by Maya Angelou."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Helstein leads the narrative with superfluous voiceovers from poet Maya Angelou that emphasize the historicity of the events described and, in some instances, dote on details that seem irrelevant to the core topic."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Unfortunately, Angelou's detached and often superfluous narration lessens the film's impact."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Distinguishes itself from many other Holocaust documentaries and offers a new perspective on this timeless tragedy."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"A quietly impressive testament to the tenaciousness of the human spirit."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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