A Film Unfinished
August 12, 2010
A Film Unfinished, Directed by Yael Hersonski (Germany/Israel, 2010, 88 min., in German/Hebrew/Yiddish/Polish with English subtitles) 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.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival would like to add that we are pleased to announce the presence of the film's director, Yael Hersonski, at this event. Director Yael Hersonski will be here from Israel to introduce her film and answer questions following the film screening.
Additionally, tickets are available both online in advance of the screening, or for purchase at West Newton Cinemas in advance or at the time of this event.