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(L, V, A/D, Ab, B) One exclamatory profanity; brief fistfight, spitting blood, 30-second flashbacks of witnessing murder & blood-scarred face; smoking cigarettes; and, anti-Semitism. However, indirectly, the film resounds the sovereignty and provision of God, even in the midst of persecution and hardships.
ALAN & NAOMI takes place in New York during WWII. As a Jewish 14-year-old, Alan’s interests are stickball, model airplanes and fitting in with his classmates. Alan’s life looks bleak when his parents ask him to befriend 8-year-old Naomi, traumatized by her father’s death during the Nazi holocaust. Naomi stares blankly at the wall, tearing newspapers. Alan is determined to help her with humor and sensitivity, as he talks through his ventriloquist dummy and sings “Frere Jacques.” Naomi is unresponsive or begins screaming. Alan wants to give up, but his father encourages him to persist. Naomi manages to return to school, but classmates taunt them. The story continues as ALAN & NAOMI wrestle with anti-semitism.
ALAN & NAOMI raises delicate issues about religious harassment and the traumatic effects of war upon children. The film paints a heart-warming portrait of a Jewish family. Throughout the film, Sol Silverman shares his faith with his son. He is overcome with delight as Naomi begins talking as a result of Alan’s visits. In spite of its sad ending, ALAN & NAOMI proclaims the sovereignty and provision of God, even in the midst of persecution and hardships.
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