Hiding and Seeking
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Members of a family try to bridge their differences as they address different interpretations of Judaism in this emotionally powerful documentary. Menachem Daum is a devout Jew, as is his wife, Rivka Daum. During World War II, Rivka's father survived the Holocaust thanks to a Polish family who hid him from Nazi troops in their home, and Rivka and Menachem have planned a trip to Eastern Europe in order to find and meet the Poles who saved her father's life. The couple have two grown sons, whom they wish would join them for the trip; both are Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Explores the greater effects of the Holocaust on faith, not only in God but in other people, while revealing a single family's tale of survival."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"A thoughtful documentary in which the filmmaker sets out to overcome the religious insularity of his two adult sons."
‑ Nicole Arthur, Washington Post
"With the feel, look and indulgences of a sincere, even well-made home movie, it's an awkward fit for theatres."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"If the film is a humanist's vision, it is also is a genealogist's dream come true-of spiritual and historical discovery despite insurmountable odds."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"What initially has a home-movie feel evolves into a deeply moving personal essay -- one with a universal message about the importance of healing past wounds and building a hatred-free future."
‑ , E! Online
"The singular beauty of Hiding and Seeking is its delicate but relentless probing of ambiguous motivation on the one hand, and its hearteningly conciliatory spirit on the other."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Its examination of the long-lasting effects of evil on the psyche of its victims and their descendants is both thoughtful and much needed in these increasingly polarized times."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"When the Daum's return from Israel, in one of the most impactful scenes, the boys sit with their maternal grandfather, an old wrinkled Jew with a short white beard, and ask him why he never tried to contact the Polish farmer who selflessly saved his life."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Ultimately, Hiding and Seeking is about finding the humanity in all people. This PBS-bound documentary lives up to that ambitious ideal."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Shot on video and starring his family, Menachem Daum's latest documentary may be closer to a home movie than the usual theatrical release, but in its own quiet way, it's among the most important films you're likely to see this year."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What makes the film both watchable and important is the candid, untidy way it presents conflicting emotions and multiple points of view."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"With his filmmaking partner Oren Rudavsky, Menachem Daum is a rare documentarian willing to explore the painful subject of some Orthodox Jews' intolerance towards gentiles, and he does it in a highly personal fashion."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
""All religions today are in danger of being hijacked by extremists." This quote and theme makes H&S one of those poignant films with respect to current world events."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A sensitively directed, highly humane look at the ties that bind."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"Tackles the significant questions of religious intolerance and of all religions in danger of being hijacked by extremists."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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