Warsaw Ghetto film

Monday, November 8, 2010

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Film footage of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II will be screened as the documentary "A Film Unfinished" noon Nov. 10 in the auditorium of the Miller Center.

The documentary discusses, among other things, life in the Jewish quarter during the brutal Nazi occupation, German propaganda efforts and the twisted tale of how the film footage survived to today.

View the trailer.

What writer/director Yael Hersonski uncovered, with help from producer Noemi Schory, was a 62-minute, 35-millimeter rough cut of a never-released 1942 Nazi propaganda film simply labeled "Das Ghetto."

Hersonski's documentary notes which scenes show the suffering of Jews and which scenes were staged to feed the Nazi propaganda machine.

The film includes interviews with Warsaw Ghetto survivors who witnessed the filming and one of the "Das Ghetto" camera operators.

"A Film Unfinished" earned a World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. 

Visit the documentary website at

Wednesday's free screening is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

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