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Zelimo
Zelimo
Actors: Sy Bondy, Marek Skupienski, Jake Gomolinski-Ekel, Mario Prado Jr., Christopher M. Pagan
Director: Aleks Rosenberg
Genres: Drama
UR     2007     1hr 31min

Zelimo, a Jewish farm boy, must find his place in America after his father and brother are killed in the family's desperate struggle to emigrate in the U.S. Winner of two film festivals.

     
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Actors: Sy Bondy, Marek Skupienski, Jake Gomolinski-Ekel, Mario Prado Jr., Christopher M. Pagan
Director: Aleks Rosenberg
Creators: Mindaugas Blaudziunas, Aleks Rosenberg, Alex Cohen, Nick Manning
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Synkronized USA
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/13/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Zelimo
Karl Verebey | New Jersey | 04/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This film is about a young Russian boy's comming of age. His first experience in the former Soviet Union was discrimination, because he was a Jew. While escaping through the border his father is killed. Zelimo, the
young boy feels responsible for his father's death.
Arriving to America in the 1950s the McCarthy idialogy is rampant. While in a Jewish summer camp in the Catskills he is ridiculed and humiliated for his presumed communist background by a camp bully and his gang. He becomes a loner and plans to burn down a bungalow where the camp bully and his gang is sleeping. The revange is successful.
The movie asks questions about the responsibility for the aggression
and wether or not it could have been stopped before its execution.
In view of the recent shooting violance at Virginia Tech and the previous disaster at Columbine HS,this movie should be a must showing at every high school and perhaps in colleges as well. The film is an excellent motivator of discussions for identifying and preventing similar violance in the future."
Unique Rite of Passage
Charles Kempler | CA United States | 03/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"ZELIMO is an atypical memory film that captures in modest, sensitive strokes a personal view of growing up Russian Jewish in New York around the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis. The acting ensemble is uneven, but the genuine emotional force comes through with distinction. For a first feature film, Rosenberg launches his narrative with clear conviction and fairness to the period. Renowned boyhood films such as 400 BLOWS and MY LIFE AS A DOG become more important as years pass and these film films take on legendary status in cinema. ZELIMO, although not in this privileged league, will grow in significance as more discerning viewers discover it.

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