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Dear Mr. Waldman (2006)

Michtavim Le America (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 28 December 2006 (Israel)
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In the early sixties, Hilik, a ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, Torn between his fear that his father, a holocaust survivor, would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy. Hilik... See full summary »


Hanan Peled


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Credited cast:
Rami Heuberger ... Moishe
Evgenia Dodina ... Rivka (as Jenya Dodina)
Ido Port Ido Port ... Hilik
Roy Mayer Roy Mayer ... Jonathan
Ella Armony ... Nirit (as Ela Armoni)
Evelyn Kaplun ... Rozeka
Doval'e Glickman ... Froyeke
Gadi Poor Gadi Poor ... Zaks
Esti Svidenski Esti Svidenski ... Batiya
Eli Gorenstein ... Principal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arie Adler Arie Adler
Yeshayahu Ben-Israel Yeshayahu Ben-Israel ... Ambessy officer
Tamir Buskila Tamir Buskila
Sima Elkayam Sima Elkayam ... Neiboughr
NaAma Ginat NaAma Ginat ... Ambessy worker


In the early sixties, Hilik, a ten years old boy who lives in Tel Aviv, Torn between his fear that his father, a holocaust survivor, would abandon him, and the wish to make him happy. Hilik chooses to test his father's love to him, while accepting the risk of loosing him. Written by Hanan Peled

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Release Date:

28 December 2006 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A boy with a guitar is heard playing "House of the Rising Sun" as popularized by The Animals, whose recording appeared years later than the time when the movie is set. See more »


References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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Well-rounded characters
30 March 2008 | by andiam-1See all my reviews

In general, whenever I see an Israeli film I come away with the impression that the Israeli film-makers are superior to their American counterparts in creating real, well-rounded characters. This film is no exception, despite the somewhat far-fetched plot device. The characters seem to be real people, not caricatures. All of the Holocaust survivors in the film are affected by the condition which today we call PTSD, and much of their anxiety is passed on to the next generation. The film avoids the temptation to turn these people into saints, but rather shows them with all of their shortcomings and makes us aware how their character flaws were shaped by their experiences in the Camps. However, the film's creators assume that we know enough about the Holocaust that they do not need to provide more than a brief description of the characters' Holocaust experiences rather than dwelling on them. The film is not about what they suffered but rather how they cope or tried to cope.

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