The Book of Curses (2020)
In 2005, a diary was uncovered from deep within the Warsaw Jewish Archives. It was a short diary, written on 12 pieces of card, by Benjamin Berkovitch from inside the Novogrudok ghetto between the first big massacre and the second big massacre that reduced the... read more
Completed On: 30 Jan, 2020
Duration: 1 hr 5 min 0 sec
Director: Iouri Goroulev
Submitted By: Michael Kagan
ProducersMichael KaganTunnel of Hope
ProducersTamara VershitskayaTunnel of Hope
GenresHistory, Jewish, Holocaust, Humanity
Runtime1 hours 5 minutes 0 seconds
Completion Date30 Jan, 2020
Production Budget120000 USD
Country of OriginIsrael
Country of FilmingBelarus, Israel, Poland
Film LanguageEnglish, Russian
Born on May 22, 1944. Graduated from the film-engineering department of the Leningrad film engineers institute in 1971, from the camera department of the Moscow cinema institute in 1982.
Since 1975 he works at the "Belarusfilm" state studio: a cameraman at first, now a director & cameraman.
Owner of a private studio "STOPSHOT”, produces the documentaries there.
As a cameraman: over 100 documentaries on culture, history, arts and religion issues.
As a director-cameraman: some 40 films.
Prize-winner as cameraman:
1980 —Grand Prix — OLYMPIC Festival — International Sport Film Festival, Italy;
1983 — Gold medal — FULL TEAM ON ATTACK — 9th All-Union Sport Film Festival, Lithuania;
1984 — Grand Prix — WHO WILL CORRECT DEETRA’S FAULT — 12th International Film and TV programs Festival “Ecofilm”, Czechoslovakia;
1988 — Special Prize —THEATER OFTIMES OF PERESTROIKA AND GLASNOST — 1th All-Union Non-fiction Film Festival “Golden Centaur”, Leningrad, USSR.
Prize-winner as director & cameraman:
1990 — 1st Prize — FACT — All-Union Author’s Film Festival, Belarus;
1997 — 1stst Prize and Special Prize — MATER MISERICORDIAE — 12thth International Film Festival, Poland;
1998 — Grand Prix and Special Prize — PRAYER — 13th Film Festival, Poland.
2004 -- Special Prize –MONUMENT—1 International Film Festival, Volocolamsk, Russia
2008—Grand Prix—Land of Happy Dreams—Multimedia Festival Polskie Ojczyzny 2008/Poland
2009—Third Prize -- Land of Happy Dreams--24thth International Film Festival Niepokalanow, Poland;
As a Roman Catholic Belarusian living in Minsk born of a Jewish mother and a Polish Roman Catholic father I am drawn to the history of my two peoples - the good and the bad and the terrible. The Holocaust is the culmination of this long history but it is not its summary. The subject of Berkovitch's diary seems to encapsulate my own inner world as much as it does the outer reality. The diary was written by a Jew under totally barbaric conditions but it was saved by a Roman Catholic who risked his life and that of his family to hide the diary and then delivery it safely to the remains of Polish Jewry in Warsaw. Especially heavily upon me is the curse with which he ends his diary. This film is an attempt to unravel that curse.