Prisoner of Her Past

''Prisoner of Her Past'' is a 2010 documentary film, produced by Kartemquin Films, that follows the journey of ''Chicago Tribune'' music critic Howard Reich as he travels to Europe to discover why his elderly mother, Sonia Reich, believes people are trying to kill her.

Inspired by conversations with young trauma survivors in post-Katrina New Orleans, Howard Reich begins to discover a secret that his Ukrainian Jewish mother, Sonia, had kept hidden for over 60 years. For most of her adult life, Sonia Reich was a well adjusted and self-sufficient woman, but now in her eighties, Sonia is suffering from late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In order to understand his mother's past, Howard Reich travels to Eastern Europe to discover that Sonia spent her adolescence fleeing the Nazis during World War II. Meeting some of Sonia's distant relatives and childhood friends, Howard begins to unravel what his mother has always refused to speak about. Having lost most of her family to the Holocaust, Sonia spent five years as a "jungle child", starving and constantly on the run. Now as Sonia tries to forget her past, Howard attempts to ease her pain and confront the horrors that haunted her. ''Prisoner of Her Past'' was directed by Gordon Quinn, a founder of Kartemquin Films. The film was produced by Joanna Rudnick and ''Chicago Tribune'' journalist, Howard Reich, with Associate Producer, Zak Piper. The film was a co-production of Kartemquin Films and the ''Chicago Tribune''. Prisoner of Her Past was the February 2010 winner of the Accolade Competition's Best of Show Award. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Reich, Howard
    Published 2003
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    by Reich, Howard
    Published 1993
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    Published 2021
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    Available via Alexander Street Press
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