My Dear Children follows one woman’s quest to unravel a family mystery, a journey that reveals a little-known anti-Jewish tragedy following WWI. Scholars today describe what happened as a precursor to the Holocaust. The consequences of that tragedy continue to reverberate today and serve as a warning for the future.
"Kudos on discovering and making a film about such an amazing story. What courage and life that mother had, and I learned so much from the film. You have uncovered an incredible under known story of our past. Mazel tov."
My Dear Children is a journey that reveals a heartbreaking and little-known humanitarian tragedy. One hundred years ago, Jews in what today is Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus suffered through what scholars now call “the holocaust of its day.” Pogroms that swept the region from 1917-1921 killed some 300,000 Jews, perhaps many more.
Judy Favish, a South African Jew, uses a decades-old letter from her grandmother to trace the events that tore apart her family and tens of thousands of others. It’s a story unknowingly shared by Jews the world over.
"This film is really, really special. I don’t think I’ve ever cared so much about Jewish history since reading Mila 18. I can tell, based on being a storyteller myself, that it’s an extraordinarily difficult story to tell. The archival work they’ve done is astounding. I genuinely think it’s only slightly hyperbolic to say they’re preventing this history from vanishing."
"I’m really excited about My Dear Children and the kind of complex issues that it’s bringing to a very wide audience, and, I think, presenting them in a very sensitive way that people will understand and be touched by."
"My Dear Children functions as an audio/visual Yizkor (Memorial) Book for events which occurred two decades prior to the Holocaust. Like most Yizkor Books, it contains information many of us might not be familiar with and helps us internalize the challenges faced by our ancestors, along with the values and ideals they held most dear."
"This extraordinary testament was named ‘Audience Favorite’ in the documentary category at our festival. People loved it, were incredibly touched by it, and agreed that it was a very important piece of history that should not be forgotten."
"This rare testament, also published in book form, in conjunction with the film’s release, is a painful but essential addition to the historical record and must not be missed. My Dear Children left our audience speechless."