Children Must Laugh
Mir Kumen On

Poland, 1935, 63 minutes, B&W, English and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Aleksander Ford for the Jewish Labor Bund


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by The National Center for Jewish Film

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Public Exhibition Formats: 16mm, Beta

Synopsis
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Directed by Lodz native Aleksander Ford and financed by the Jewish Labor movement in Poland, Children Must Laugh is one of the few surviving documentaries about Jewish life in Poland before WWII. This institutional film was produced to raise funds for the Vladimir Medem Sanitarium which, noted for its modern and spacious facilities, stood as the embodiment of health and enlightenment, in striking contrast to the grim images of urban Polish-Jewish poverty.

The sanitarium's theme song, "Mir Kumen On (Here We Come)," punctuates the film with a sense of hope and accomplishment. The Bund's optimistic internationalism, exemplified by the children's endearing performances, permeates the film, creating powerful yet unintended ironies for post-Holocaust audiences.

Selected Screenings
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, UK (2008)
Center for Contemporary Arts, UK (2008)
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2007)
Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto (1999)
Pacific Film Archive (1995)

Credits
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Director Aleksander Ford
Writers
Jacob Pat & Wanda Wasilewska

Cast
A.L. Alexander (English Narration)
David Dubinsky (Introductory Speaker)
B. Charney Vladeck (Introductory Speaker)

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Home Use DVD: $29.95

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Classroom/Library Use DVD: $200

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