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|Israel 2012, Documentary 55 min.
Director: Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron
Producer: Hilla Medalia, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Supported by Yes Docu, Makor Foundation
"A straightforward but inescapably emotional item"
Variety, Chicago Tribune
The Jewish Week
"Numbered' reminds us how much people count...My favorite documentary from this summer's Jerusalem Film Festival"
"While the audience emerged with damp eyes, the overall message is somehow upbeat".
The New York Times
"A beautiful and moving film"
The Jewish Forward
Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish or non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. NUMBERED is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors. The film documents the dark time and setting during which these tattoos were assigned as well as the meaning they took on in the years following the war. In fact, the film’s protagonist is the number itself, as it evolves and becomes both a personal and collective symbol from 1940 to today. These scars, paradoxically unanimous and anonymous, reveal themselves to be diverse, enlightening, and full of life.
Best Documentary at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013
Special Jury Mention at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013
Best Debut Film Award at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2012
The Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival 2012 (Jury's Decision)
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Canada, January 2015
Nuremberg Human Rights International Film Festival, May 2014
Miami Jewish Film Festival, January 2013
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, January 2013
Wahington Jewish Film Festival, January 2013
JCC Manahattan, January 2013
New York Jewish Film Festival, January 2013
Calgary Jewish Film Festival, November 2012
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, November 2012
Chicago International film festival, October 2012
Jerusalem International Film Festival, July 2012
University of Massachusetts, April 2013
Museum of Jewish Heritage, April 2013
University of California, March 2013
UJA Federation Manhattan, February 2013
Directors: Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron
Producers: Hilla Medalia, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Cinematographer: Uriel Sinai
Editor: Tor Ben Mayor
Composer: Issar Shulman
Historical Advisor: Gideon Greif
Original Language: Hebrew
"Lasting scars of the Holocaust become totems of resilience and remembrance in "Numbered," a moving compilation of testimonies from Auschwitz survivors whose tattoos serve as perpetual reminders of their imprisonment in the world's most notorious death camp. As their subjects share their experiences and reflect on the strange mixture of shame and dignity each branded number confers, directors Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai craft a straightforward but inescapably emotional item that, at its roughly one-hour length, is ideally suited to broadcast play.
Justin Chang, Variety, Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2012
Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times, July 21, 2012
"“Numbered” by Israelis Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai tells the story of survivors who, for the last six decades, have been living daily lives with the grayish-blue numbers tattooed on them by Nazis in Auschwitz. What do those numbers on the forearms mean to the people bearing them, the filmmakers set out to find out. There is no one answer, of course. For some, they are marks of shame to be hidden. For others they are badges of honor."
by Danna Harman, As time runs out, young filmmakers seek survivors, Haaretz, July 15, 2012
"My favorite documentary from this summer’s Jerusalem Film Festival is a movie entitled Numbered. The film is a collage of narratives and photographs of Auschwitz survivors who were tattooed during their incarceration".
by Benjamin W. Corn, Holocaust film ‘Numbered’ reminds us how much people count,Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2012
"Three years ago, an elderly patient came into an emergency room in northern Israel complaining about chest pain. When a young doctor, Dana Doron, examined her, the woman pulled up her sleeve, pointed to a tattooed number on her arm and asked, “Do you know what is it?” She then proceeded to talk for an hour. The next day, the woman’s daughter came in to apologize. “Each time that my mother wants to talk about her number, she goes to an emergency room and complains about chest pain,” she said.
by Olga Gershenson, An Indelible Legacy, Exploring Numbers Tattooed on Holocaust Victims, The Jewish Forward, August 24, 2012
by Annette Insdorf, The Holocaust Haunts The Flat and Israeli Documentariess, The Huffington Post, October 19, 2012