FIVE CAME BACK
2017, Netflix, 180 min, USA, Dir: Laurent Bouzereau

Hollywood did its part during WWII as performers entertained troops and filmmakers covered the war. This unforgettable documentary profiles five of the latter - Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler - who were profoundly changed by their wartime experiences. Interviews with contemporary directors including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Guillermo del Toro add perspective to the lives and work of the “five who came back.”


SWIMMING IN AUSCHWITZ
2007, Bala Cynwyd Productions, 63 min, Dir: Jon Kean

, 2007, , 63 min. Writer-director Jon Kean’s inspiring documentary focuses on six Jewish women, from different countries and different backgrounds, who found themselves deported to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during WWII. While women were subject to the same physical hardships as men, their testimonies differ from that of most male Holocaust survivors, revealing a strong focus on family, friendship and faith that helped sustain them.


AGENTS OF CHANGE
2016, Kovno Communications, 66 min, USA, Dir: Frank Dawson, Abby Ginzberg

From the student-led strike at San Francisco State to the image of black students with guns occupying buildings at Cornell University, college campuses stood at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power and anti-Vietnam war movements at the end of the 1960s. This timely documentary profiles the young men and women at the forefront of the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, revealing the racial conditions that led to these protests and that still echo today.


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