afilmunfinished
Documentary

A Film Unfinished

Year 2009
Runtime 88 mins
Language German | Hebrew | Yiddish | Polish
Alberta Premiere

German, Hebrew, Yiddish & Polish in English subtitles

18A - Advisories: Disturbing Content & Mature Subject Matter.

At the end of the Second World War, an hour of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942 and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

BDG

Countries

Germany Israel
Awards
Best International Feature-Hot Docs
Festivals
Official Selection Hot Docs 2010, Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2010, Official Selection Silverdocs Festival 2010
Director
Yael Hersonski
Producer
Noemi Schory, Itay Ken-Tor
Screenwriter
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Cinematographer
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Editor
Joëlle Alexis
Music
Isahi Adar
Cast
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