Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
17.11.2018 at 6.15 pm
The Warsaw premiere of the documentary Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon will take place during this year’s 16th Jewish Film Festival. The film was produced by MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and the Center for Prosecuted Arts in Solingen.
The projection will take place on 17 November at 6.15 pm at Polin Museum, as part of the competition for documentary feature films. Following the screening, meet the director Delfina Jałowik and producer Jürgen Kaumkötter. The discussion will be translated into Polish. Free admission.
Henri Kichka was born in Brussels in 1926. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo, together with his parents and two sisters. He spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps. His mother and sisters were murdered. His father died on the way to Buchenwald, from which Henri was liberated in 1945. After the war, Henri Kichka returned to Brussels and married. He had four children: Hannah, Michel, Iréne and Charly.
His son Michel was born in Seraing in 1954. At the age of 20, he moved to Israel, started a family and embarked on a career as cartoonist. In 2012 he published the comic Second Generation. This is a graphic novel devoted to Michel’s younger brother, who committed suicide. The main theme, however, is the relationship between the son and the father, who had been a victim and witness of the Holocaust. The book shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family.
Both Henri and Michel Kichka are the characters of this film.
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