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Uncle Chatzkel witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution, the two World Wars, the Holocaust and the transition from Communist to independent Lithuania. During his early years, he gained employment as a translator and then as a lexicographer, working hard to preserve the Lithuanian language. He lost much of his family to the Nazis and most of his fellow Jewish citizens were killed by local Lithuanians. Now regarded as a national treasure, Uncle Chatzkel's success belies his sometimes lonely existence - that is until his Australian relatives arrive.

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Rod Freedman
Rod Freedman
Rod Freedman  Emile Sherman
Executive Producers
Franco di Chiera
Dir. of Photography
Nicholas Sherman


Rod Freeman (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
Drama, History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited  ROBE Productions  SBS Independent

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival
  • Global Visions Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
  • International Shanghai Television Festival
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Columbus International Film & Video Festival