The Presence of Their Absence

The story of Fred Zaidman, a Los Angeles son of Holocaust survivors, on a journey of discovery to trace his roots and “inherited trauma”. Armed with the determination and perseverance to push his limits, and only scant clues from his late parents, Fred ventures into a world of unknowns. Now, as he finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah with helpers abroad, and a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, Fred unshackles his own pain, and through the puzzle of his ancestral past he reconstructs his future. Read more below.

A film for the ages.
William Bernstein
The American Society for Yad Vashem

The story of Fred Zaidman, a Los Angeles son of Holocaust survivors, on a journey of discovery to trace his roots and “inherited trauma”. Armed with the determination and perseverance to push his limits, and only scant clues from his late parents, Fred ventures into a world of unknowns. Now, as he finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah with helpers abroad, and a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, Fred unshackles his own pain, and through the puzzle of his ancestral past he reconstructs his future.

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Duration: 85 minutes; Language: English

Director:
Donna Kanter

Photography/Sound:
Antonio Cisneros
Edward Garcia

Editor:
Edward Garcia

Producer:
Donna Kanter

Star:
Fred L. Zaidman

Production Company:
The Donna Kanter Company

Distributed by:
LOGTV, LTD

SCREENINGS

• Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, October 23, 2018 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049018

• Writers Guild Of America, West, Screening and Q&A, 7000 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, October 17, 2018

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