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Unintentional effects of violence

Shadows / A Murder in Mansfield
Regissør: Noa Aharoni/Barbara Kopple
(Israel/USA)

The shadow of violence can extend far and wide, and these two films show the indirect damage that continues long after the direct violence has ceased.

"Welcome to the Heart of Darkness." With these words, Yigal Schwartz introduces us to what remains of his former childhood home, now an overgrown ruin he refers to as a sadomasochistic prison. It's the place where his, let's say "dysfunctional," family lived. In the stable, his father used to beat up his sister. Shadows is a film about second-generation Holocaust survivors, an identity that is obviously so strong that the film mentions it after introducing each of the three protagonists with their (former) occupation and family status.

Shadows shows three second-generation survivors who not only carry the scars after their parents' trauma, but who in turn are sources of scars on their own children. Yigal Schwartz's mother participated in the death marches, and was abused and raped. She was the only one in the family to take part in these marches, and Schwartz is struggling. . .

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