Based on Gila Almagor’s autobiographical book, Under the Domim Tree follows a group of teenagers who survived the Holocaust in a boarding school in the the early 50’s. During the day they are like all other adolescents, but at night they struggle with their painful memories. The place where they feel secure is under the Domim tree. A number of stories are woven in this powerful and agonizing story of this very special group of young people.
Under the Domim Tree
A Film by: Eli Cohen
(Israel, 1995, 102 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Gila Almagor, Kaifo Cohen Juliano Mer, Uri Avrahami, Yael Pearl)
In a boarding school in Israel, circa 1953, Aviya is the only Israeli-born girl among her schoolmates (the rest are Holocaust survivors from various European countries).
The public debate on the issue of accepting German reparations for Nazi atrocities awakens the dormant individual memories of each of the youths, and creates sharp conflicts which influence their coming-of-age with its fears, dreams, problems of identity, and first love. Aviya is determined to find the tomb of her father, who died before she was born, while in the mental hospital,her mother refuses to recall her own painful past.
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
• Forum des Images, Paris
• Jewish Federation of Madison
• Film Archive Austria 2019
• St. Louis JFF 2019