Dark lullabies

Canada, 1985

Image via TMDb

They are the children of survivors and of perpetrators of the Holocaust. Polarised as their heritage is, many of this generation share a legacy of silence. Canadian filmmaker Irene Angelico, herself a child of concentration camp survivors, undertakes a deeply personal journey; she asks what happened and why? This powerful documentary is structured around the filmmaker’s quest. Having grown up in the shadow of the Holocaust, she searches for comprehension through interviews with survivors and their children in Montreal and in Israel. Despite her own reluctance, her journey inevitably takes her to Germany. Rare interviews show a range of voices among her German contemporaries. Some are as compelled as she to pierce the silence, while others retreat into prejudice and denial. The film offers no easy answers. (Awards: Mannheim, New York, Tokyo)



Abbey Jack Neidik


Bonnie Sherr Klein

Edward Le Lorrain

Abbey Jack Neidik

Kathleen Shannon


Irene Angelico

production company

National Film Board of Canada







ACMI Identifier


Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - Japan - Tokyo - Awards

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - United States - New York - Awards

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Holocaust survivors

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Holocaust survivors

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

History → History

History → Holocaust survivors

History → Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945

History → Jews - History




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url=https://acmi.net.au/works/78478--dark-lullabies/ |title=Dark lullabies |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=28 January 2021 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}