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I Am David

Held back by German soldiers, a little boy is torn from the clutches of his crying mother (Maria Bonnevie) and struggling father (Adrian McCourt) when they are taken prisoner in post-WWII Bulgaria. All alone, David (Ben Tibber) labors at the Belene Prison Camp with a group of grown men. Caught in the aftermath of the war, the young boy loses his family, his childhood and his faith in humankind. Then one night the twelve-year-old prisoner is given a secret, sealed letter and directions for escaping from the camp. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 90
Theater Release: 02 Dec 2004
Video Release: 05 Apr 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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David isn’t the only boy to have his life disrupted by conflict. When a Jewish couple and their son are taken to a concentration camp, the father convinces his young child that they have been chosen for an elaborate game and helps him believe that Life Is Beautiful, despite their situation. Three Australian Aboriginal girls are taken and placed under government care. Determined to get back home, they undertake an incredible and perilous journey in Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Home Video Extra Features

If this limited release film didn’t come to a theater near you, be sure to look for it in on the shelves of your local video/DVD rental shop. The featurette “Discovering David,” commentary by director Paul Feig and deleted scenes are part of the DVD package. The audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0), with Spanish subtitles.

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