Reflections on the screening of VITCH in Israel by Executive Producer Yaffa Maritz

Reflections on the screening of VITCH in Israel by Executive Producer Yaffa Maritz

Bringing the documentary about my Uncle Eddie Vitch to Israel, was for me like finally rounding a circle.  My father searched for his brother Eddie all his life, somehow sensing that he might have not perished in the Holocaust like his other 6 siblings and his parents, yet despite great search efforts in Israel, Poland, Paris, and even the US, we could not find the tip of the thread that would lead us to Eddie’s story while my father was alive.

My father died in 2004 just as the internet became more robust, exploding with information, and finally we were able to follow the thread of Eddie’s life during the war and after. So, in some ways Eddie, through VITCH keeps on living, just like my father suspected.

We held three great screening of VITCH in Israel, several interviews and received lots of interest in further screenings and more interviews.  People were very moved by the story; I saw more tears during the screening in Israel than anywhere else, after all, in Israel everyone is affected one way or another by the Holocaust……everyone carries a family story of Survival, whether they come from Eastern Europe or from one of the Arab countries or born in Israel.

Eddie’s story stirred up lots of emotions, lots of discussion and much curiosity. In Israel people are inundated with movies, books and stories about the Holocaust, but our audiences commented that VITCH is an unusual story, worth telling, and one that makes you think and reflect on for a long time afterwards.

Director Sigal Bujman received lots of compliments for her excellent directing, very sensitively done, and for leaving everyone with more questions than answers.  It allows the audience to stay engaged as they continue to puzzle over the mysterious story of Eddie Vitch.  I can only add that the experience has left me humbled and impressed by the responses to my family’s intriguing but heartfelt story.

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

Vitch has been selected to appear at the prestigious Mill Valley 40th Film Festival, California, USA.

“Presented by the California Film Institute, the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 5-15, 2017. With a reputation for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, the relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative and convivial setting. 

Internationally recognized for showcasing the best in independent and world cinema, the Festival draws thousands of attendees every fall to Marin County for 11 days of films, panel discussions, and musical performances. The Mill Valley Film Festival provides attendees with a chance to catch an early glimpse of the Academy Award® contenders and discover some of the best films from around the world. The relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative and convivial setting.”

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