DirectorJill Daniels
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionMary, Gertie and Eva live in a Jewish Home for old people in North London. Born in Europe, they came to England to escape oppression, tragedy and poverty. They recount fragments of their past in bursts of memory - of partings, of love, of fear, of exile. They talk of their feelings and hopes. The community is Ruben House, where sixty people live intimately, side by side. They measure their days by meal times, by film shows and biblical quizzes whose answers are unknown, forgotten or irrelevant. EXILES is a portrait of age and ageing, memories recollected at the end of longer lives. Memories and routines are woven together in a moving and compelling portrait of past and present.