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What to know: Beautifully crafted documentary with very personal stories of survivors of the Holocaust, he people who sheltered them and the releationships that has lasted for generations.
SHELTERED BY THE TREES is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 13-18
52 minutes
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This beautifully crafted documentary by talented Valentina Arena tells very personal stories of survivors of the Holocaust and about the people who gave shelter to Jews whose lives were endangered. It offers a look into the every day lives of those whose lives were affected drawn from memories of their own experiences. It offers us hope about the goodness of humanity and people who behave out of respect for other human beings and the ongoing love of their relationships that continues through generations. Highly recommended for older teens due to the seriousness of the subject. My age recommendation is 13 to 18 and adults would enjoy this as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

This film provides great examples of traditions and family unity as well as encouragement for humanity to create harmony. It is a very moving historical story about the caring and loving people who protected Jewish people who were in danger during the time of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. It is a real story about how people banded together to protect each other from injustice and shows how the extended family has honored and protected the relationships founded during that time. That is an excellent lesson for young people. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Juanita S. KIDS FIRST! Juror

"In Jewish tradition, when someone passes away the best way to remember that person is to plant a tree, because in Israel there is the desert and so a tree represents a challenge to time a challenge to memory".
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