Black and White Is Full of Colors

Israeli filmmakers Tamir Paul and Alona Abt directed this hour-long profile of Austrian painter Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, who taught art to children in the Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt. The filmmakers present the artist's childhood in Vienna, her training at the Bauhaus, her departure for Prague, her detention at Theresienstadt, and finally her death in Auschwitz, intercutting recollections from camp survivors as well as drawings by the artist and her pupils. The script, which seems to have been written for a school-age audience, parades a jumble of information with little regard for coherence or narrative rhythm. But the film is worth seeing for the artist's work and for her young proteges' hauntingly innocent watercolors, which she hid in an attic for posterity.

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