October 19, 2006
51 Birch Street: House of Blocks . . . House of Cards?
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The film has garnered enthusiastic responses from diverse audiences around the world. It has been purchased by Israeli television, and a contract with Al-Jazeera is currently pending. Al-Jazeera?
"I find it a huge honor that they want to buy the film and bring it there. It speaks to the universality" of the film, Block says. "To bring a Jewish family into their homes, and to make them feel like they are their family too, speaks to what unites us, not what divides us."
Block also hopes that after seeing his film, people will simply "go call their parents." "I made the film as an expression of compassion for my parents," he said. "I have a completely different relationship with my father now, and that is such a great reward." Block says he wants his film "to show that it's well worth going through all that stuff," that it is possible to forge a deeper connection with our parents after childhood. "51 Birch Street" (2005), written, photographed and directed by Doug Block, opens Oct. 20 at Landmark's Westside Pavilion Cinema.
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