From the New York Times. By Douglas Dalby
MULTYFARNHAM, Ireland—The setting could hardly have been more incongruous. Outside the window, lush pastures spread in the perfection of a late winter morning. Inside, a small man with a yellow star pinned to his sweater captivated an audience with the horrors of his boyhood in the concentration camp called Bergen-Belsen.
The man, Tomi Reichental, described seeing his grandmother’s body being thrown onto a cart overloaded with other corpses. He was only 9 years old. By that age, he had already experienced arrest and beatings by the Gestapo; the glow of the crematories through the cracks of the cattle car that took him to Bergen-Belsen; the assault of the spotlights; the shouts and the dogs as his family was hauled from the train; the scavenging for food; and the sight and smell of the piles of decaying dead.
From Chicago Sun Times | MOVIES Section
Media culture is a focus of the Chicago Irish Film Festival. From a glossy celebrity magazine to low-budget moviemaking, the pop scene is the setting.
This compact festival delivers just three dramas and three documentaries, plus three programs of shorts. One is the warmly recommended “Boogaloo and Graham,” which was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at this year’s Oscars. Two brothers in 1978 Belfast do their best to protect their pet chickens.