The Long Way Home

on September 17, 1997 by Kim Williamson
   Time and again in this documentary about the fate of displaced European Jewry in the post-World War II years, odd but moving images appear: marriages in Bergen-Belsen, the former Nazi concentration camp; Jews being placed in Allied camps surrounded by all-too-familiar barbed wire and guard houses; the gaunt and near-dead Nazi victims newly rescued from the likes of Dachau turning their backs on their emancipators, the better to avoid their looks of horror.
   Although the driving spirit of the Jewish people 50 years ago and of this Mark Jonathan Harris film--to have their own homeland in Palestine--might in current application lead to an answer to today's Palestinian question that reaches beyond the intent here, "The Long Way Home" is a finely made effort that recalls the struggles of the Jewish people in their second Exodus era. The footage, drawn from film libraries worldwide, is well edited together, and Harris' script is simply but artfully conceived, and Morgan Freeman's narration is effectively controlled. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Directed and written by Mark Jonathan Harris. Produced by Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank. A Seventh Arts release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 120 min
Tags: Morgan Freeman, Mark Jonathan Harris, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Richard Trank, Seventh Arts, Documentary, Nazi, concentration camp, rescued, European

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