Considered among the most democratic societies in the world, Germany is home to Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population. In fact, about half of the 200,000 Jews who reside in Germany today — making up .2% of its total population — are Israelis who have obtained German passports or work visas. So what’s it like being Jewish in a country with such a harrowing Jewish past? That’s exactly what filmmaker Janina Quint and producer Tal Recanati set out to discover.
Amassing personal stories from German Jews, non-Jewish Germans, Israelis and German-Jewish Americans, Quint and Recanati offer viewers a nonjudgmental window into modern-day Germany and uncover a broad spectrum of perspectives. Touching on the effects of post-Holocaust guilt in East and West Germany, the film reveals Germany’s multifaceted social structure and its efforts against anti-Semitism and antisocialist sentiment. Quint and Recanati have a stake in their story and recognize the need to bring these uncomfortable yet necessary conversations out from the privacy of German living rooms and offices into the public sphere. What begins as a dialogue between two friends quickly grows into an insightful and evocative documentary that beautifully captures Germany’s attempts toward reconciliation and transformation.
This film — in English and German with English subtitles — was an official selection of the Greenwich International Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
The guest speakers at this screening of the film are Noah Isenberg (moderator), professor of Culture and Media at New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts; Nitzan Lebovic, associate professor of history and Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University; and Tal Recanati, the film’s producer.
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