Long Is the Road is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Made by and about Jewish displaced persons, the film was shot on location at Landsberg, the largest displaced persons camp in U.S.-occupied Germany. Effectively mixing neorealist and expressionist styles, the film follows a Polish Jew (played by Israel Becker, one of the founders of the first professional Yiddish theater company in postwar Germany) and his family from the thriving Jewish community of prewar Warsaw through the horrors of Auschwitz to the frustrations and instability of refugee life in the displace persons camps, and culminates in the emergence of a hope for rebirth and renewal in Israel.
For more information, please contact Priscilla Layne. This film screening is organized by the Center for European Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.