My Australia Premiere

My Australia 
Pittsburgh Premiere
Director: Ami Drozd
2011, Israel/Poland, 100 minutes
Polish and Hebrew with subtitles

Ten-year old Tadek fantasizes about Australia from his poor neighborhood in 1960s Poland. His older brother involves him in an anti-Semitic gang. When they are arrested, their mother reveals that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews. Telling the younger boy they are going to Australia, the family boards a ship to Israel where they must adjust to a new home, a new religion and, ultimately, a new identity. With his cherubic face, Jakub Wróblewski turns in a star performance as the young anti-hero.

 

Winner - Audience Award – 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival