Out of The Forest (Me'kivun ha'yaar)

Genre: Documentary | Duration: 94 min. | MPAA: N7 | 2016 | Countries: Israel | Subtitles Lithuanian

Originals languages

English, Hebrew, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian


Yaron Kaftori , Limor Pinhasov


In contrast to the majority of Holocaust documentaries dealing with the horror experienced by survivors and its repercussions for second and third generation descendants, “Out of the Forest” focuses instead on the role of the allegedly passive witnesses, and the cumulative effect these events had on them. Based on entries in the rediscovered diary of a resident of Ponary, “Me’kivun ha’yaar” follows the traces it leaves behind back to the Lithuanian village, nearly sixty years later. Between 1941 and 1944, more than one hundred thousand people were murdered there in mass executions in a forest. Most of them were Jews from the nearby Vilna ghetto. Restrained but direct, inviting comparisons with the films of Claude Lanzman, the film is as much a psychological document as it is an historical one, its powerful exploration of denial and resignation forcing us to address the present as well as the past.