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  • Summary: This documentary tells the dramatic story of how Bulgarian Christians and Muslims saved 50,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    This is the rare Holocaust documentary that ends on an optimistic note, and Comforty's film might even help reinforce one's faith in humankind.
  2. The director, who also served as producer along with Lisa Comforty, his wife, spent 12 years compiling the archival clips and photographs that make up this compact and elegant film.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 15, 2012
    70
    The Optimists is filled with first-person testimony from Jews who were saved and non-Jews who saved them, people like Rubin Dimitrov, a baker who hid Jews in his ovens and says simply, "a true human being is obliged to help." As a rescued Jew says with emotion at the film's conclusion, "to be a Bulgarian is to be a mensch."
  4. 60
    In the end, this admirably broadens our knowledge of the era but doesn't much deepen it.
  5. Reviewed by: James Crawford
    60
    Questionable as a theory of history, but as a human sentiment, it's touching to behold.
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    60
    Explores another courageous, little-known chapter in the saga of resistance and heroics during World War II.