Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev follows two Czech Holocaust survivors, Jan Weiner and Arnost Lustig, as they revisit Terezin, a labor camp where Arnost was interned for five years and Jan's mother was murdered.


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A psychological adventure unfolds as two friends take a risky road trip into the past. Together they revisit scenes of romance and humor, of narrow escapes and life-or-death confrontations. But their journey home becomes a contentious clash of personalities that will ultimately take their friendship to the brink of collapse. Written by Anonymous

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Loyalty, The Limits of Friendship, and Fighting Back.








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Arnost Lustig: Weiner's life story expressed some features of our time. He is not only a hero he is a hero of our time. He is a hero of time that creates millions of cowards, millions of indifferent people and you cannot blame them. People are not born to be heroes. People were born to live their lives as useful and as comfortable as possible and this makes millions of people indifferent. They are sorry when someone is killed, but they would be more sorry if they were killed. So they don't care, they don't ...
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Moving Documentary
27 January 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I had not heard of Fighter before, but I saw it in the local library, and picked it up on a whim. I was very surprised by the film which I thought one of the most moving documentaries that I have ever seen. The movie traces the journey of two Jewish Czech WWII survivors, one of whom was at Auschwitz and the other ended the war as a RAF fighter pilot. The personalities of the two men are diamatrically oppossed and it is moving and touching to still hear the anger and sadness in the pilot's voice as he visits the various places where he or his family had suffered during the war. It was frightening to see the footage of Nazi soldiers marching into Czechoslovakia and to understand that the same people who supported the Nazis turned around and supported the Communists, and both parties turned on the Jews for different reasons. The personal experiences of both persons are hard to comprehend and I cannot imagine, in the absence of personal experience, how a person could have such a strong desire to survive. I definitely recommend this film to students of human nature both from the negative angle (hatred, bias, bigotry) and from the positive angle (desire to survive, love, perseverance).

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