Geheimsache Ghettofilm

Geheimsache Ghettofilm

Israel / Deutschland 2009/2010, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

A film unfinished

This is the story of a film that was never finished. A rough cut, stored in Germany's Federal Film Archive, is all that remains. It is the longest film that the Nazi's propaganda team ever filmed in the Warsaw ghetto. Filmed shortly before the deportation of the ghetto's inhabitants, it contains elaborately dramatised scenes describing the allegedly luxurious lives of Jews in the ghetto which are juxtaposed with shots of hunger, death and the suffering of other inhabitants. It is not known why this propaganda film was made, or who was meant to see it. Some of this film material turned up as 'archive footage' after the war in documentaries about the Warsaw ghetto.

For her film, Yael Hersonski has conducted interviews with people who remember the filming of this propaganda film; she has also sought, and found, diaries written by ghetto inhabitants, and even discovered the records of the film cameraman's interrogation. All these testimonials provide evidence of the cynicism with which the film was made. But they also call into question the uncritical use of such images.

Yael Hersonski: "More than other forms of witnessing such as oral testimony and written documents, images, by nature, remain open to interpretation and are capable of conveying much more than people are able or willing to see. Archival footage of the Holocaust marks the beginning of the systematic cinematic documentation of war crimes. After the world had visually witnessed something of the catastrophe, the images were no longer what they had been before. Something had changed, a certain human shield was removed, and slowly, the veil of numbness that had obscured the inconceivable and concealed its true horror was lifted."

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Yael Hersonski
Screenplay:Yael Hersonski (Konzept)
Director of photography:Itai Ne'eman
Editing:Joel Alexis
Music:Ishai Adar
Production company:Belfilms (Tel Aviv)
Producer:Itay Ken Tor, Noemi Schory

All Credits

Director:Yael Hersonski
Screenplay:Yael Hersonski (Konzept)
Director of photography:Itai Ne'eman
Editing:Joel Alexis
Sound:Aviv Aldema
Consultant:Ronny Loewy
Research:Felicitas Piwaronas
Music:Ishai Adar
Participation:Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler
Production company:Belfilms (Tel Aviv)
in co-production with:Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) (Leipzig), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Itay Ken Tor, Noemi Schory
Distributor:Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Bonn-Bad Godesberg)
Length:90 min
Format:HD Cam
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 21.02.2011, 126631, ab 12 / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 01.2010, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 15.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama-Dokumente

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Geheimsache Ghettofilm
Weiterer Titel (IL) Shtikat Haarchion
Weiterer Titel (IL US) A Film Unfinished

Versions

Original

Length:90 min
Format:HD Cam
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 21.02.2011, 126631, ab 12 / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 01.2010, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 15.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama-Dokumente
 

Awards

Silverdocs, Silver Spring 2010
Documentary Screenplay Award