During the struggle to survive the Warsaw Ghetto, thirteen-year-old Joachim and his little sister Rachel receive final instructions from their parents: hide in an old cabinet. From their hiding place, the siblings hear soldiers take their parents away and know they will never see them again. Left to care for themselves, they must scrounge for food and sleep wherever and whenever they find shelter. Many people refuse to help them for fear of the Nazis. Facing starvation, they decide to try to escape the ghetto through the sewers and embark on a journey leading them toward a new life.
Nightmare: The Immigration of Joachim and Rachel
USA, 1978, 24 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Tom Robertson
Public Exhibition 16mm Rental available