February 21, 2019
The Presence of Their Absence, a documentary following the investigative travels of a son of Holocaust survivors, is coming to digital Feb. 26 from Virgil Films.
Director Donna Kanter follows Fred Zaidman on a journey to trace his inherited trauma as he uses scant clues from his late parents, who were Holocaust survivors, to find his roots. While growing up, Zaidman’s mother Renate spoke incessantly of her pain while his father Wolf virtually shut down. In his early sixties, he embarks on a quest to discover what had happened to his family in Poland during the Shoah with one primary goal — to find a single photo of his grandparents. His journey takes him to Poland, Israel, Germany and finally to Atlanta, where he receives a helping hand from an unlikely source – a Baptist minister.
View the trailer here.