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World Premiere

The Starfish

Directed by Tyler Gildin

USA | 40 minutes | 2019

This profoundly moving documentary tells the true story of a German-Jewish boy whose life trajectory was forever altered, when at the age of 10, his parents sent him and his older sisters to live with non-Jewish families in Sweden to escape Nazi persecution. As a result of the compassion of these complete strangers who opened their doors and hearts, combined with the children's own perseverance and strength, Herb Gildin and his sisters eventually reunited with their parents in America. Because he focused on building a business rather than dwelling on the past, decades went by before Herb ever opened up to his wife and children about his childhood. Once the family put the pieces of the puzzle together, they arranged a heartfelt reunion in Sweden with the remaining members of the families who had helped him and his sisters survive 60 years earlier.

Director Tyler Gildin and film subject Herb Gildin will be joined by Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, the organization instrumental in guiding Herb and his family to the US, for a panel discussion.

Director Tyler Gildin
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2019
Premiere Status World Premiere
Runtime 40 minutes
Principal Cast Herb Gildin

Karen & Alan Soven

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