”WHERE IS ELLE KARI AND WHAT HAPPENED TO NORIKO-SAN”?— Looking for Heroes

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”WHERE IS ELLE KARI AND WHAT HAPPENED TO NORIKO-SAN”?

Looking for Heroes

Amos Lassen

In the 1950’s there was a series of books called “Children of the World” and they became very popular. The books, which are still printed in Israel, were created by the Jewish-Swedish photographer, Anna Riwkin-Brick (1908-1970).  Nine of the books were written by Astrid Lindgren (who also wrote “Pippi Longstocking”). 

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“Where is Elle-Kari and What Happened to Noriko-san?” is a documentary that looks for some of the heroes of the series: Elle-Kari from Lapland, Noriko-San from Japan, Dirk from Holland as well as some of the Israeli heroes. Were they real children? Where are they now? 

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The film reminds us of vanishing childhood – the childhood of the children from the books, of the creator of the movie and of the children of pre-television Israel when trips to foreign places were such a distant dream.

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