The Long Hard Days (film #22 in the Jewish Communities section of Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive). [Category: Public Service]

This early 60s film, made by the United Jewish Appeal, shows the struggles of Jews from North Africa fleeing war and persecution in their homelands to France as a waystation to immigrating to Israel, and how the various Jewish agencies in France, funded by the UJA, help them. This is told in a stark, dry fashion that drags a bit in spots, though the overall story is interesting, with the human struggles shown stirring the emotions. The film has quite a bit of historical value in documenting the struggles of a particular set of Jewish refugees and how they were helped by various Jewish organizations.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: N/A. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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