Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood ... See full summary »
In January, 1997, a team of five nurses, four anesthesiologists, and three plastic surgeons arrive in Vietnam from the United States for two weeks' of volunteer work. They operate on 110 ... See full summary »
Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.
June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »
A look at the Alaskan wilderness throughout the year, from the harsh winters to the rejuvenating spring, and the animals (including its human residents) who learn to adapt to the extremes ... See full summary »
Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »
I first saw this documentary short (which won an Academy Award last year) about ten days ago. I admit upfront a bias, as, like the artist who is the focus of the piece, I have Cerebral Palsy. Although I walk with crutches and my speech is clearer than his, much of what he says and much of his experience in lfe is similar to my own and, I suspect, for many of those who are disabled as well. Although much is made of his disability, much is also made of his art as well and they didn't try to treat him as though he were a dancing bear. It's a powerful affecting film and it haunts me still and will for the rest of my days. It is difficult to be disabled and I'm not talking about physical barriers, but rather the preconceptions people in general have about the disabled. The title King Gimp is apparently a name he was called when he was younger that he adopted for his own use. Althougher he will probably never see these words, I salute him and thank him for telling so much about his life (figuratively bleeding on camera at times that my heart clenches even now, thinking about his words). I am purposely leaving his name out because his story is the story of so many that it does what every artist tries to do at one time or another-create an Everyman. Bravo to everyone involved in this project.
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