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Documentary Cinema 2018

1938 - Diversi

Dir.: Giorgio Treves
| 62 minutes

Eighty years ago, the Italian people accepted the persecution of a minority which had been living in Italy for centuries. Through witness accounts and scholarly analysis, along with animated segments, 1938 - Diversi offers a new reading of this dramatic historical period. 

The Accountant of Auschwitz

Dir.: Matthew Shoychet
| 78 minutes

In 2015, 94-year-old former SS officer Oskar Gröning was tried for the complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews in Auschwitz. Gröning’s trial reflects on the world’s responsibility to hold the worst of human horrors forever to public view. 

Back to Berlin

Dir.: Catherine Lurie
| 60 minutes

Retracing  the  tracks  of  the original 1930s Maccabiah Games riders, eleven  modern-day  Jewish  bikers take  an  epic  journey  to  deliver  the  Maccabi  torch  to  Hitler’s  1936  Olympic  stadium,  for  the  opening  ceremony  of  the  European  Maccabiah  Games.  .

Chasing Portraits

Dir.: Elizabeth Rynecki
| 77 minutes

Moshe Rynecki was a prolific Warsaw based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar years. Unbeknownst to his family, many of his pieces survived the War. This documentary is a deeply moving narrative of the richness of one man’s art. 

Hitler versus Picasso and the Others – The Nazi Obsession for Art

Dir.: Claudio Poli
| 94 minutes

This is an incredible journey through five exhibitions, displaying masterpieces by Botticelli, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir, and Gauguin. Linked to each exhibition are moving stories of those who witnessed their systematic destruction and looting by the Nazis. The film offers a rare look at condemned art. 

Oma & Bella

Dir.: Alexa Karolinski
| 80 minutes

An intimate glimpse into the world of two friends living together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and remaining in Germany after the War, it is through the food they cook that they remember their childhoods and answer questions of heritage, memory, and identity. 

The Vichy Police

Dir.: David Korn Brzoza
| 94 minutes

Making use of previously unseen materials, the film retraces the role of the French police, in which tens of thousands of Jews were handed over to the Germans during WWII. Of special note is the only known photograph of the velodrome during the roundup. 

Who Will Write Our History

Dir.: Roberta Grossman
| 90 minutes

The untold story of a resistance group in the Warsaw Ghetto who risked their lives so that the truth would survive even if they did not. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this clandestine organization established the Oneg Shabbat Archives and buried hundreds of thousands of eye-witness accounts and recordings.