What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film tackles numerous social and political issues within a religious context, including the concepts of interfaith marriages, gender roles, socialism, religious intolerance, and more. Smaller children may be spooked by the movie's portrayal of the violence of the Russian soldiers, and may also be frightened by the film's ending, in which the inhabitants of a small Jewish village are forced out of their homes by soldiers. Expect some celebratory drinking.
  • Families can talk about the importance of religious traditions: are they stifling to individuality or do they provide a moral framework that imbues everyday life with meaning?
  • Talk about parental authority. What happens when children flout their parents' wishes? Teens: How do you handle conflicts with your parents?
  • What are the big messages of this film? How are the movie's messages relevant to today's cultural and political issues?
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
DRINKING & DRUGS
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