As Seen Through These Eyes

Monday, December 05 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 
As Seen Through These Eyes

SYNOPSIS

The story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds.

JOY’S REVIEW

As Seen Through These Eyes is another of the many documentaries that are coming out around the Holocaust. I guess partially because the Holocaust survivors are now very old. As was pointed out in one of the films, that young children were exterminated immediately and basically the camps lasted for about five years, so that you figure anybody under the age of 10 was exterminated to begin with and the war has now been over for 63 years. If you add 15 and 63 together, you get 78, and that’s probably generous. Most of the Holocaust survivors are well into their 80s and some into their 90s. I suppose as that generation dies out, there’s an additional urgency of stories being told, and this one is the pictures the children in the camps drew. Again, it’s a little contradictory, because at least in Auschwitz, the young children were exterminated. They were not kept there, so that when you’re talking about children, you’re talking about children around 10 years old and older. It’s tough going but as entertainment, it’s not. As social history, it’s interesting. I think this is probably more for people who see art as reflective. I actually did a study about mental illness and art at one point and this is certainly worth seeing from that perspective: terror and horror seen through the eyes of children. It’s very difficult to watch. I’d give it one star.

Joy Meter