"Anyone can go to the Holocaust museum [in Washington DC] but not everyone gets this experience." ~A. Speitel (student, 17)
A Film Unfinished to premiere in Philadelphia
On October 15th, A Film Unfinished will premiere in Philadelphia at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse and show for two weeks.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 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 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. A Film Unfinished is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
The Shoah Institute, the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Consulates of Israel and Poland, and the Goethe Institut, among other leading organizations, have already been tremendous supporters of the release of the movie in their respective cities.
“(Director Yael) Hersonki’s documentary is a monumental archival achievement.”-- The Jewish Daily Forward
“Gratifying in its ethical insistence that there are true things in the world, and that it is necessary for us to know them.” -- The New York Times
"Perhaps the most understated and intriguing documentary ever made about the Holocaust."-- Heeb Magazine
"Exposes a new dimension of the Nazi Propaganda effort. It's eye-opening and necessary."-- Ariel Fried, Anti-Defamation League