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Running time: 60 minutes
Format: H.D. transferred to 35mm
For: Theatrical release, television broadcast, and DVDs
What is it that would cause a large group of highly successful people to attend an elementary school reunion 50 years after their graduation? And what was it about Kew Gardens that made it a hothouse for talent and creativity, a place where the children were nurtured to become well known musicians and artists, scientists and writers?
When novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman, a graduate of P.S. 99 and a child of Viennese refugees, wrote an article, “Kew Gardens Remembered,” he was surprised by the firestorm it triggered. From around the world came a flood of emails and calls: London and California, Israel and China.
“To me it had all the makings of an intriguing film: the tale of children born in the 40's and 50's, many to refugees from Hitler, and how they grew up in this tight-knit, hybrid community with its German-style delis and Viennese bakeries. As I see it, this film is the story of American and immigrant children living side by side — the local kids at home in the mainstream culture; the refugee children trying to fit in, yet weighed down by their parents’ losses.”
Through interviews, photographs and old home movies, this film will explore that unique time and place that was an incubator for a vibrant cosmopolitan culture.
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Photograph courtesy of Ron Carp.