Island on Bird Street

Theatrical Release: April 1, 2008
DVD Release: April 1, 2008
Island on Bird Street


Based on a true story by the winner of the Hans Christian Anderson Award for writing, Uri Orles’s ISLAND ON BIRD STREET follows Ales, an 11-year-old Jewish boy living in a World War II Polish ghetto. When the Nazis invade the city, Alex manages to escape but hopes to reunite with his father. Finding refuge in an abandoned building on Bird Street. Alex along with his pet mouse, “Snow,” seeks inspiration form his favorite book, “Robinson Crusoe” and waits for his father’s return.

Dove Review

“Island on Bird Street” portrays the life of a Jewish boy during the holocaust. The story takes you back to a terrible time in history and tells you the story of one boy’s survival. Alex meets a few people as he waits for his father and learns about the Polish Underground. It is amazing to watch the different things he uses to survive and the precautions he takes when going out. This movie shows the courage it took for people just to survive and the courage of people that helped them along the way. The acting was great, especially the children, who did an outstanding job playing their roles. Due to the intense theme, we recommend it for ages twelve and above and gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: OMG-1
Violence: Guns and shooting; a solider kicks an elderly man; dead bodies lying in the road.
Drugs: Uncle drinks alcohol to help deal with the pain of being beaten. The boy drinks and gets drunk. Man smokes once.
Nudity: Young boy in the shower shows his behind.
Other: Boy urinates - seen from behind (not graphic but with sound)


Company: First Look Studios
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 min.
Reviewer: Stacey Langstraat