Mir Kumen On („Children Must Laugh”)
dir. Aleksander Ford, Poland1936, 60 min
POLISH-YIDDISH CINEMA. A SPECIAL PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FINA Filmoteka Narodowa - Instytut Audiowizualny.
Warsaw, 1930s. The life of Jewish lower class in tenement flats, musty cellars and the work of the people occupying those areas are a day to day observed by Jewish children. The health of Jewish workers is really bad. Tuberculosis, also known as the disease of the poor, is affecting a lot of children. Some people go to the Jewish Medem Sanatorium in Miedzeszyn near Warsaw. In the Sanatorium they receive food, clean clothing and they learn how to live in the commune which follows modern rules set by the staff. Every day they help to farm near the facilities that allows their self sufficiency. Pupils attend sport exercises, educational classes and art lessons. In the medical facility there are also children of striking Polish coal miners from Zagłębie. In 1926–1939 the Jewish Sanatorium helped 10 000 children from poor jewish families. In 1942 the staff of Sanatorium together with hospitalised children were transported to the Treblinka extermination camp… (source: FINA, http://www.repozytorium.fn.
Language: Yiddish. Subtitles: Polish