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Ellis Island Tales

France, USA1979118minColorDocumentary

Ellis Island is a small island in New York that served as the USA’s major immigration station from 1892 to 1945. For about half a century, most of the immigrants who were processed at Ellis Island were Jews. This film uses archival video footage and pictures to reveal the traces of the people who passed through the island and then follows stories of the immigrants that were unintentionally captured on cameras, raising a question on the true meaning of the diaspora. This film, which was also published as the book, Ellis Island Revisited: Tales of Wandering and Hope, also chronicles the meeting of Robert Bober and Georges Perec, resulting in the latter tracing the roots of his existence. Perec, who had lost his parents to the Nazis, had not been very interested in his Jewish identity until he met Bober.

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Robert BOBER
Robert Bober considered as one of the most renowned documentary directors, especially in France. In the 1960s and 1970s, his films mainly explored the postwar period and the consequences of the Holocaust. In 1979, he produced a documentary in close collaboration with Georges Perec, .
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