JEWISH FESTIVAL BERLIN & BRANDENBURG
JFBB - JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN & BRANDENBURG starts on August 12th! We are proud to announced our cooperation with JFBB!
Warsaw JFF an JFBB created a special program "SECTION A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME", which will be presented at both festivals! The program is co-curated by Lihi Nagler (WJFF Programming Director) and came about with support from the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation in Berlin. The film screenings will be accompanied by discussions with contemporary witnesses and experts.
Jewish existence during the Cold War: a German-Polish journey through time and a juxtaposition of cinematic histories on the occasion of DEFA’s 75th anniversary.
The relationship of the GDR and the People's Republic of Poland towards Judaism was, in light of the Nazi occupation, Shoah and the Cold War, characterised in several respects by reinterpretations of history. Accordingly, the few films that were made on the subject proceeded cautiously. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the DEFA film studios we embark on a cinematic journey through time, taking us from the first reflections on the Shoah shortly after the end of the war to feature films from the 1980s. Interesting in this regard are the themes and protagonists that go unmentioned: these number the exodus of the remaining Jews, provoked in 1968 with reference to barely-plausible political arguments, as well as a fitting portrayal of Jewish suffering during the German occupation. The series explores not only how the approach of films from both countries towards history and anti-Semitism was determined by political guidelines, but also sheds light on the gaps these cinematic attempts at remembrance left behind and how the filmmakers, often Jewish, nevertheless tried to reflect on a topic burdened by both history and politics in a dignified manner.
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The featured works will also be on show at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (www.wjff.pl) in November 2021.