To Hell and Back – Five Pieces of paper.
This documentary feature film follows Moti Buchboot as he delves into the past of his Hungarian grandmother and uses her story as a vehicle for combatting the reemergence of anti-Semitism and racism currently occurring domestically and internationally.
In August 2017, Moti watched horrified as Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists descended on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying semi-automatic rifles, and parading with symbols of Nazi, neo-Nazi, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-gay, and other anti-Semitic groups. Looking for a way to respond to these events, Moti creates a one-man theatrical production entitled “Fives Pieces of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused to Tell Me and Other Family Tales.” In this performance, Moti traces his grandmother’s personal history starting from a small shtetl in eastern Hungary where she was born to the Jewish ghetto in Budapest, then to Auschwitz, Bergen-Belzen, and finally to a small town in the Israeli desert. Seeing the effect of his grandmother’s story on audiences, Moti embarks on a personal quest to spread awareness about the threats of intolerance by broadening the reach of her narrative. Moti develops a version of his live stage show to present in secondary schools (7th grade and up) and to spark conversations among students regarding tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
The documentary incorporates footage from current events, Moti’s personal journey, and images related to his grandmother’s story to create a thought-provoking, emotional film that shows how one man can make an impact.