A short exploration of my grandfather's childhood immigration experience.

  • Eitan Penner
  • Eitan Penner
  • Katya Kaminsky
    Our Park Bench
  • Finn Mullaley
    Key Cast
  • Eitan Penner
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm B&W, Digital Super 35
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Eitan Penner

Born in Tucson, Arizona of German Jewish descent, Eitan has a complex relationship with the Holocaust and US immigration. His grandfather was one of a lucky 240 Jewish children to escape to the US before 1942. Three of Eitan's four grandparents narrowly escaped the Holocaust as children. Their history lives on in his family name -- Penner, meaning bum (translated from German).

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Director Statement

Kindertransport takes the educated viewer through several historical vignettes designed to eschew cultural expectations, ending with a concise exposition. The piece is meant to draw similarities between historical refugee immigration practices and contemporary ones.