Bad Nazi, Good Nazi / Lessons from Mitch
dir. Chanoch Ze'evi , Israel, Germany, Poland, 2021, 65min
Discover the story of Wilm Hosenfeld, a Nazi officer who saved the pianist from Roman Polanski’s remarkable film. Recent findings have revealed that over the course of the war he actually saved about sixty people, Jewish and Polish alike. Before joining the Wehrmacht, Hosenfeld was principal of the school in the German village Thalau, which is currently debating if he should be remembered as a local hero. Many residents would rather not deal with the questions his story raises about their past. Others want to commemorate Hosenfeld by naming the school after him. The passionate debate forces skeletons out of closets, reflecting conflicting ways that Germany deals with its past.
AFTER THE SCREENING MEETING WITH A FILMMAKER CHANOCH ZE'EVI!
Chanoch Ze'evi is a director and producer of documentary films for the television and documentary film industries. In fifteen years of filmmaking, Mr. Ze'evi has addressed issues of conflict, reconciliation, and the social and political circumstances that define identity. His films are intended to forge paths and build bridges between opposing groups and cultures. Mr. Ze'evi is founder and owner of “Maya Productions,” an Israeli production company that specializes in documentary films for local and foreign audiences. Many of the company’s projects have been collaborative efforts with television stations in Israel, the United States, and Europe.!
PROCEEDED WITH A SHORT SCREENING "LESSONS FROM MITCH" dir. by KLAUDIA SICZEK, USA / POLAND 2022, 10'