One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II ... See full summary »
One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II Polish Ukraine. After her family is pulled apart by severe poverty and the turmoil of war, she and her children make their way to New York and turn to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society for help. Written by
National Center for Jewish Film
A Cinema Masterpiece Deserving of a Much Larger Audience
"A Brivele Der Mamen" is one of the greatest movies ever made, in any language. An absolute masterpiece. A powerful look at the lives of Jews in Poland prior to and during World War I. Lucy Gehrman is absolutely brilliant as the mother. This movie should be shown in art houses and seen by discriminating audiences all over the world. It is a pity that this movie has been confined mostly to Jewish audiences. This is a powerful, universal film, which should be seen by a vast, world-wide audience. While the film was a huge success when it opened in 1939, it is even more amazing today. Although the action takes place before and during World War I, it was filmed in Poland in 1938 and, as such, it is an extraordinary last look at Jewish life in Poland just before the Holocaust wiped it all out.
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