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Imagine Tracy Ullman meeting Jackie Mason. That's how comic
DEB FILLER has been described. PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH
is the astonishingly poignant film which describes the connection between her real life family and the characters she depicts in her 36-character solo performance which balances humour, love, passion and pathos.
Humour has never been associated with the Holocaust, but in this rich, funny and poignant performance, Filler creates the qualities of the universal family out of the family she lost.
This groundbreaking new film which celebrates love for family, especially for the extended family of one survivor of Auschwitz who made his home after the war in New Zealand. He is accompanied on a journey back to the camps by his comedienne daughter, Deb.
"Deb Filler can be described as Jackie Mason meets Tracey Ullman. She has the British comedienne's flair for mimicry and the Lower East Side social satirist's acerbic wit."
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In this powerful story which alternates between howlingly funny and disarmingly poignant, based on her highly acclaimed off Broadway play produced by New York Theatre Workshop (RENT) Filler recreates the diverse eclectic experiences of her far-flung family by magically transforming herself into character after character. "New Zealand, land of no blintzes" is one description of her life as the daughter of a survivor of Auschwitz growing up in Antipodean isolation.
The collaboration between Filler and Montreal born film director Francine Zuckerman (best known for her award-winning documentary, 'Half the Kingdom') garnered raves at the London Jewish Film Festival, and has been sold to PBS in the U.S., CBC in Canada and TV3 in New Zealand. It crosses the fine line between documentary and fiction.
PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH had it's world premiere at the London International Film Festival in 1996 and went on to the Madrid International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival and Women in Cinema - the Seattle International Film Festival . It has also been invited to several cities internationally.
This is the story of a Holocaust survivor with a difference. How do we find humour in our most difficult moments? Is a sense of humour hereditary? These stories mould themselves into a comic repetoire which is daring and delicate. Black humor at its absolute best.
72 minute feature film
A Canada - New Zealand co-production
PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH
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