Vitch – documentary movie by Director Sigal Bujman
(article appears page 4 – Inner West Courier Newspaper)
If you are in Newton in the coming weeks drop into the Milkbar cafe and Grill, next to the Dendy cinemas, to see a selection of Eddie Vitch’s caricatures. These iconic caricatures once adorned the walls at the Hollywood Brown Derby in LA. Vitch was working there during the 30s and got to know many of the great celebrities and stars of the day. For Vitch, it was a delightful interlude before being deported back to Europe where he spent the rest of the war finding resourceful ways to avoid being arrested by the Nazis. As a Jew, this was no mean feat, but he survived and the full story forms part of a documentary directed by Sigal Bujman which premiered at Mill Valley Film Festival in 2017. This exhibition will be on display until the 26th August to correspond with the screening of the Vitch documentary movie at the Dendy Cinema at 3pm on Sunday 26th.
Shani, Eddie’s youngest daughter is seen here with the selection of the famous caricatures. Shani and other family members will be around to chat before and after the movie, but please check out the great display of pictures first at the Milkbar Cafe. For more information or to watch the trailer visit vitchmovie.com or Book Here for movie.
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.
Vitch performed to sold out audiences in Jewish Film Festival, Buenos Aires – 10th November 2017