The Return

, 2014

screened at —

HFS 2015

Living in Poland, the four young women in Adam Zucker’s engaging film learnt that they were Jewish after growing up Catholic. These women are representative of a tiny but growing sector of young Poles, the third generation of Holocaust survivors. Many of these 'new Jews' were raised Catholic and only found out in their teens they were in fact Jewish.

Defining themselves through their difference, they feel like pioneers in a country that was once the epicentre of the Jewish world. But as life takes them away to New York and Israel, their sense of Jewishness, and its relative importance, shifts, as do their views of the potential for a renewed Jewish community in Poland.

The documentary tracks each of the women’s journeys over a four-year period, leading to five cities, three continents, two weddings, two babies, a new citizenship and a conversion. Taken together these storylines create a rich tapestry of people struggling to answer the core question: what does it really mean to be Jewish? In fact, what does it mean to be a part of any human “tribe”?

90 mins/ English

Director — Adam Zucker