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MY AUSTRALIA

by Ami Drozd

synopsis

Poland, mid 60's. A fragmented family in a poor neighborhood. The mother, who is separated from her Polish husband, spends most of her time working to provide the basic needs for her two sons, who are 10 and 14 years old. Left to their own devices, the boys join a neighborhood gang with a strong Neo Nazi orientation. One day the gang enters a Jewish neighborhood, beating and stabbing some youngsters, and are arrested by the police. The mother succeeds in convincing the police to release her sons, but is shocked to learn about their involvement with Neo Nazis. She had always thought that she was protecting her sons by concealing her past and origins, but now she must tell them the truth: she is a Jew. A Holocaust survivor, she wanted to raise her sons as Catholic Christians, but she realizes that they cannot continue to live like this and decides to leave Poland. She takes the older boy into her confidence, but the younger son is told that they are immigrating to Australia, while the truth is that they are boarding a ship to Israel.

international title: My Australia
original title: Moja Australia
country: Israel, Poland
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Ami Drozd
screenplay: Ami Drozd
cast: Jakub Wroblewski, Lukasz Sikora, Aleksandra Poplawska, Avraham Horovitz, Lillian Roth, Shmuel Edelman, Yuli Ildis
cinematography by: Adam Sikora
film editing: Ami Drozd, Haim Tabakman
producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Itai Tamir
co-producer: Dariusz Jabloński, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wójcik
production: Apple Film, Transfax Film Productions ltd./Tel Aviv
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