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Wondrous Oblivion

Directed by Paul Morrison

France-UK-Germany | 106 minutes | 2003

English, Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles

Eleven-year-old David Wiseman lives with the singular dream of being a cricket star, but much to the dismay and ridicule of his classmates, he is all passion and no skill. The son of a traditional Jewish family living in the racial and cultural turbulence of 1960’s South London, David and his world are shaken by the unexpected arrival of the Samuels, a lively and big-hearted Jamaican family. When Dennis Samuels erects a cricket net in his backyard, David is ecstatic. However, David’s enthusiasm is not shared by all in his racially-charged community and the Wisemans find themselves forced to choose between aligning with the prejudices of the neighborhood and sticking by their new-found friends. Directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Morrison, Wondrous Oblivion is a warm-hearted, coming-of-age story — a portrait of the importance of family, tolerance, and standing up for what is right.
Director Paul Morrison
Countries of Production France-UK-Germany
Year of Presentation 2003
Language(s) English, Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 106 minutes
Principal Cast Delroy Lindo, Sam Smith, Leagh Conwell, Dominic Barklem
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