Who's Afraid of Alice Miller (2020)

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • 1h 41m
  • Switzerland
Last Chance to Rent Jan 27, 12:00 PM ET

Born in 1923, Dr. Alice Miller became one of the world’s most famous psychotherapists. She was the bestselling author of The Drama of the Gifted Child and a celebrated advocate of children’s rights. However, when she died in 2010, her son Martin began to tell his own story. As a young boy, he suffered emotional and physical abuse at the hands of both his parents. Daniel Howald’s moving and meticulous documentary follows Martin as he embarks on a road trip throughout Europe with an old family friend from Arizona. They dive into archival research to uncover information about Martin’smother and father, and their relationships with each other and their son. This includes Dr. Miller’s narrow escape from Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, which she never spoke about. Also in focus is transgenerational trauma and the lasting effects that these horrific experiences continue to have on families all over the world.

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Daniel Howald


German, English, French, Swiss-German



Bonus Content

New York Jewish Film Festival Trailer
Who's Afraid of Alice Miller Q+A

A conversation with director Daniel Howald and New York Jewish Film Festival programmer Lisa Collins.

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