I Am David

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old David escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the unbreakable spirit of a child.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Paul Feig
Production: Lions Gate Films
  8 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Are you listening to me?

You must escape from here tonight.

It's your only chance to stay alive.

If you follow my instructions

and make it out of the camp...

...travel when it's dark

to flee Bulgaria so you won't be seen.

They'll be everywhere waiting

to arrest you...

...and unless you're very careful,

you'll be caught.

If you make it across the border,

you must get this envelope to Denmark.

First, head south to Salonika and hide

on a ship that's going to Italy.

When you arrive there,

travel north as far as you can.

Your journey will be long

and it may be impossible...

... but you must get this evelope

to the authorities in Denmark.

You must not open it.

If anyone sees it's contents

before you get there...

...you'll end up back here.

Do you understand?

I know you've lived

in this camp your entire life...

...but there is a world outside it.

However, it's a very dangerous world.

Trust no one.

When the time comes,

get from the barracks to the west fence.

When you see the signal,

you will have 30 seconds

to get over the fence...

...before the current is turned back on.

Shoot me.

Hidden behind the log at the edge

of the field...

...you will find a bunndle filled with

items you will need for your journey.

If you follow my instructions

and make it out of the camp...

...travel when it's dark

to flee Bulgaria so you won't be seen.

You must do everything I just told you

if you want to escape.

They're moving me

to another camp tomorrow...

...and I can no longer watch over you.

Follow your compass south to Salonika.

Travel there by any means possible.

Who did it?

Get out! Get out now!

You want to escape this paradise?

Are you that ungrateful?

The border between Bulgaria

and Greece is heavily gurarded...

...and much of the fence is strung

with alarm wires. Do not touch it.

Stop him! Stop him! Stop, little boy!

Come back here! Come back!

Stop! Where do you think you're going?

You cannot escape!

Stop! We will get you!



We will get you!

Follow your compass south to Salonika...

...and hide on a ship

that's going to Italy.

-Don't worry. I'll take care of it.

-Okay. Good work.

Hey! Why isn't this hatch closed?


...am I dead?


I don't think I can make it.

They're going to find me.

Not if you're careful.

You must remain unseen.

And if you are seen,

you must blend in with the people

around you.


You know many languages from

the different men you knew in the camp.

Just listen closely and you'll be able

to speak to people...

...and understand them.

I'm afraid.

There are places where

the world is good.

I've seen them.

A long time ago, but I have seen them.

You will, too.

Why didn't you come with me?

This is your journey.

-I have my own.

-But what am I looking for?

What am I gonna find in Denmark?


But I don't even know who I am.

What are you doing in my spot?

You dind't touch my magazines, did you?

I've got to report all stowaways

to the captain. You're in big trouble.

No, please don't tell him.

I need to get to Italy.

I'll give you this

if you don't turn me in!

Pearl handle.

Pretty nice. It looks Soviet.

Throw in the compass

and you've got a deal.

I can't. Just the knife.

You know, I could take this

and trun you in anyway.

But I'm an honest guy...

...and l'd probably get in trouble

for not turning you in sooner.

Okay, you've got yourself a deal.

Roberto, quit looking

at your magazines and get up here!

Keep your pants on, I'll be right up.

Look, I can't take a chance

on anybody seeing you...

...getting off the ship

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Paul Feig

Paul Samuel Feig (; born September 17, 1962) is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing films starring frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy, including Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), Spy (2015), and Ghostbusters (2016). Feig created the comedy series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000) and Other Space (2015). He has also directed several episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, Weeds, and Nurse Jackie, as well as episodes of Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. He received nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards for writing on Freaks and Geeks and three for directing on The Office. As an actor, Feig is best known for playing Tim the Camp Counselor in the comedy film Heavyweights (1995), Mr. Eugene Pool on the sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–1997), and an exaggerated version of himself on the Netflix series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on which he also serves as an executive producer. more…

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