Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust
What we re dealing with in terms of creation, is not only just creation, but creation and Annihilation. Fred Alan Wolf (What The Bleep Do We Know)
Title: Beyond The Barbed Wire: An Artists View of the Holocaust, 80 mins plus Special Features, RYE 1075 - reality-entertainment.com
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And "Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artist's View of the Holocaust" offers that.
Incredibly moving, "Beyond the Barbed Wire" is a must-see for any viewer. Charting the story of Ben Altman--painter, tailor, survivor--the film explains the beginnings of war and its all-too tangible results. Altman's story will put a face to the facts and, in that, viewers will understand the relevance.
All should note, however, that this is not a tepid story. Details are given, unflinchingly. And, for some, this may prove to be too much. But all will still find this film to be worthwhile and powerful.
What I first liked about this film is the title. It's the artist's view of the Holocaust. We aren't getting a dry history lesson from a college professor, textbooks, or even a typical documentary. Instead, Ben Altman, who survived Auschwitz and always dreamed to be a painter, narrates and uses some of his artwork to show the viewer what he remembers from those nightmare years. There's no matter-of-fact professional voice over actor narrating. On the contrary, Mr. Altman relays with deep emotion what he experienced. The photographs are also very good, helping the viewer to get a full grasp on what these victims went through.
So many times when watching a documentary I felt almost guilty for being so entertained by someone else's misery. However, the filmmaker went to great lengths to make this work something very respectful and very real.
Something everyone can learn from this film is no matter how horrible your past may have been, there's no reason why you can't make your present and future far better. You can still pursue dreams after the nightmare is over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is heavy subject matter to be sure and I really liked how the film makers brought such a personal touch. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by kdeva7
The delivery was very quick; item was in excellent condition. We have reviewed the book and it is very interesting and is what we were looking for. Good sellerPublished on April 23, 2012 by Racing mom
A moving and thought-provoking film that explores the connection between creativity and extreme human stress and deprivation by looking at spontaneous art impulses that arose in... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Griffith Lambert
This film tells the story of Ben Altman, a tailor by trade, Holocaust survivor and gifted artist. This film is truly beautiful and his story of survival is at once heart-breaking... Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Leann Harms