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Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead Review

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Garri Urban, survivor of Holocaust and Gulag and author of the autobiographical book of the same title, revisits the sites of his horrors and triumphs, 50 years later.

★★★★★

This is an intriguing investigation into a father’s colourful past by a son whose willingness to believe is undermined by a frustrating absence of corroborating documentation. Garri Urban is a remarkable character, whose experiences range from surviving the Holocaust to being hunted by the KGB. However, his testy temperament and unreliable memory strain relations with his filmmaking son, Stuart, as they travel through Eastern Europe to visit the people and places that shaped his destiny. But his reunion with an old flame and his long-lost brother are as genuinely moving as his return to the Ukrainian village where his parents perished.

An intriguing investigation into a father’s colourful past by his film-maker son.

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