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PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH

Canada / New Zealand, 1996 (MIFF 1997, Documentaries)

Director: Francine Zuckerman

New Zealand-born comedian Deb Filler's one-woman show, Punch Me In the Stomach, has now been adapted for the cinema. A very funny roller coaster ride through her story of growing up Jewish in New Zealand, Filler's cast of characters is drawn from her extended family who gather together for her father's surprise 70th birthday party. The film is a deeply-felt trib­ute to her father, a survivor of the holocaust. Even in the death camps, amidst the suffering and the loss, there is a deep vein of irony and humour.

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