Six Million and One
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Past present and future mix in this eloquent, intense and surprisingly humorous portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father-a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. David's journey takes him to the U.S., where he meets American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of his father and Gunskirchen camp. This sparks a remarkable journey to Austria by the Fisher siblings. They joke, kibitz and quarrel, and remind us that history and memory require active discussion among the later… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A unique, highly personal approach to unraveling the endless mysteries of the Shoah."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Finding their way by flashlight, the siblings explore the labyrinthine tunnels of Gusen, dug by forced labor, that became a secret aircraft factory."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The director probes terror and the politics of place, and the rounded off numbers of human history that don't add up. As his siblings, ambivalent adult offspring of Holocaust survivors, express resentment about inevitable emotionally thwarted childhood."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"In David Fisher's coruscating film, his discovery of a memoir by his late father, a Holocaust survivor, sparks a journey back to the camps with his siblings-who aren't sure how much of this dark past they want to uncover."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"This self-indulgent documentary about the family dynamics among the children of a Holocaust survivor could have used a more ruthless editor."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Fisher's use of POV shots overlaid with narrated readings from his father's diary poignantly captures his desire to consciously inhabit scarred spaces ..."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"A bittersweet tale of survival, as well as a priceless history lesson for the ages illustrating man's capacity for inhumanity to his fellow man."
‑ Kam Williams, myfilmblog
"The siblings react with humor and horror to what they discover. So will many viewers of this self-indulgent but engaging work."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Adds to documentary canon of the Holocaust as it grapples with repercussions and impact decades later on the next generation. . .though [family] arguments are hard to follow."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Emotionally cathartic and engrossing with just the right amount of levity."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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