POV (2004)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Nicole Arthur
Washington Post

A thoughtful documentary in which the filmmaker sets out to overcome the religious insularity of his two adult sons.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

With the feel, look and indulgences of a sincere, even well-made home movie, it's an awkward fit for theatres.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Jordan Hiller

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.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

What makes the film both watchable and important is the candid, untidy way it presents conflicting emotions and multiple points of view.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

"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.

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