As Seen Through These Eyes
As Seen Through These Eyes (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York 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.

Cole Smithey

Hilary Helstein offers a historically significant documentary reportage of Holocaust survivors who utilized art as their primary coping mechanism inside Hitler's concentration camps.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Distractingly tortured metaphors are given a distractingly affected narration by Maya Angelou.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Unfortunately, Angelou's detached and often superfluous narration lessens the film's impact.

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Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

Distinguishes itself from many other Holocaust documentaries and offers a new perspective on this timeless tragedy.

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Harvey S. Karten

A quietly impressive testament to the tenaciousness of the human spirit.

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