Fighter (2000)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Interpersonal Relationships, Military & War, Politics & Government, Social History  |   Release Date - Aug 24, 2001 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Two survivors of WWII atrocities meet in Fighter, an emotional road-trip documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev. The film follows friends Jan Wiener and Arnost Lustig as they journey from Prague to Italy -- the exact path that Wiener used to escape from a Nazi labor camp. Lustig is an author who seeks to write about his friend Wiener's experiences, but over the course of the film, each man shares his tale of oppression, escape, and emotional recovery. Both men recount tales of watching their parents die in ghettos, and being told that they wouldn't live to see adulthood. Far from being agreeable old chums, however, the two men philosophically bicker; after one such argument, they vowed that they would never speak to each other again, and filming halted until the two reconciled.

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escape, friendship, Nazism, reminiscence, road-trip, survivor, war