Long is the Road
U.S.-Occupied Germany, 1948, 77 minutes, B&W
Public Exhibition Formats: 35mm, 16mm, Beta
"...works brillaintly.... a little-known classic... a marvel"
- Ellen Cohn, Jewish Week
"This film has something that no film in the five decades since has been able to recapture."
- Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"Among the highlights of the New York Jewish Film Festival."
- The Jewish Forward
Long is the Road the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Made by and about Jewish displaced persons, the film was shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany. Effectively mixing neorealist and expressionist styles, the film follows a Polish Jew (played by Israel Becker, one of the founders of the first professional Yiddish theater company in postwar Germany) and his family from the thriving Jewish community of prewar Warsaw through the horrors of Auschwitz to the frustrations and instability of refugee life in the DP camps, and culminates in the emergence of a hope for rebirth and renewal in Israel.
Spirit of Freedom Award, Jerusalem Film Festival (1996)
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; New York, NY (2015)
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (2015)
Medias Central European Film Festival (2013)
Birmingham Holocaust Education Center; Birmingham, AL (2013)
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival (2007)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (2002)
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (2001)
New York Jewish Film Festival (1996)
NCJF Film Restoration
Restoration was completed with funding from Brandeis University, The American Film Institute, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The National Endowment for the Arts
The Austrian Film Archive and The Righteous Persons Foundation with additional support from Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan in the memory of Gladys and Saul Gwirtzman.
1995 Restoration © The National Center for Jewish Film
Executive Director Sharon Pucker Rivo
Associate Director Miriam Saul Krant
Translators Peter A. Stark, Robert Szulkin
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