The Tree That Grows on the Wall | Chicago Reader

The Tree That Grows on the Wall

This Argentinean documentary (2012) was directed by Tomas Lipgot, but its most illuminating moments come from footage shot by its subject: Jack Fuchs, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor born in Poland but now living in Buenos Aires. Before he became a writer and lecturer, Fuchs rarely discussed his experiences, but a trip to his native town of Lodz opened his eyes to not only his own past but [the fluid way the Holocaust is recounted by victims and historians alike]. Using a cheap camcorder, Fuchs documents his hometown, amazed at how much it's changed. "It feels like everything and nothing is part of me," he remarks. "It's as if I'm speaking in the third person." His sequences are stirring and poetic, though Lipgot's more conventional work hinders their resonance.

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