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THE TOUCH OF AN ANGEL
GALLERY THEATRE
CHICAGO, IL
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THE TOUCH OF AN ANGEL
This poetic documentary is the personal story of Henryk Schonker, a Jew from the town of Oswiecim, renamed Auschwitz by the Nazis, whose family was saved by the Poles.  In 1939, his father was the chairman of the Jewish community, whose task was to organize the Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine, at the behest of the German military authorities.  This was several months before the idea of the creation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This chance for legal immigration to save thousands of people has been unknown to the world at large.

The film is a creative documentary whose style director Marek Tomasz Pawlowski has coined archicollage.  It is a kind of journey into the past, creating short, silent impressions with imaginative staging and stylized use of archival material.  The artistic language of the film escorts the contemporary viewer through the six years of World War II.  The director combines different types of combines different types of visuals, experimenting as he had previously with his own signature style in the documentary portrait, The Runaway, winner of thirteen awards in competitions from Moscow to New York.  In The Touch of an Angel, he re-creates copyrighted, archival realities by using actors and extras - Oswiecim's own inhabitants.  Schonker mesmerizes the viewer with his extraordinary memory and energy, recalling how rescuing Jews would not be possible without help from the Poles  The now deaf Jew who has been living in Tel Aviv explores many crucial and previously unknown facts and figures.  These include his wartime encounter with John Gottowt, an actor known from Murnau's Nosferatu.

The film is in Polish with English subtitles.

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GALLERY THEATRE (View)
1112 NORTH MILWAUKEE AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60642
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Owner: Society for Arts
On BPT Since: Nov 28, 2011
 
Society for Arts


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