In Belarus Jews organize their own partisans group to protect their people from ethnic cleansings.
After the German invasion on Soviet Union two Jewish Bielski brothers start the partisans unit in the vast woods in Belarus. Soon they are joined by other Jews running away from the Nazi oppressions. Also they have to make the agreement with Russian partisans, who don’t like that Jews are taking the supplies from the villages that supply the Russians. When one of ghettos in surrounding cities is about to be closed (which means all the people from ghetto will be killed) the Bielskis unit will have to take care of more than a 1000 refugees. Cold winter, lack of food and the harassement from Germans don’t make their task any easier.
Very realistic and powerful film showing the real events that took place in the World War II in Belarussian forests. As for war movies it isn’t spectacularly good since the plot concentrates on the fight for survival in the woods during very cold winter and not on the armies or battles. But the movie is worth seeing since it shows a different kind of courage that the Bielski brothers have shown - the courage to take responsibility for the helpless people in very difficult circumstances. They could have just join the partisans and or try to escape, but they stayed and took care of the Jews from the ghetto.
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