À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Boris Lehman, 1990)

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After 44 years filmmaker Boris Lehman returns to Lausanne, where he was born in 1944. His parents, both Polish Jews, sought refuge in the city during the German occupation. Lehman remembers next to nothing of the episode. A film like a time machine.

À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Boris Lehman, 1990)
Online Première: Jef Cornelis

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Avila makes films available online through video on demand, offering both contemporary and classic Belgian documentary and fiction films.