Brundibar Revisited

Direction
Year 
2014
Country
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
85min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Hans Krasa’s children’s opera, Brundibar, was performed more than 50 times in 1943 and ’44 by Jewish children in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Performances simultaneously served as a propaganda tool for the Nazis and as a source of strength by the imprisoned performers. In this film, a Berlin-based youth theatre group stages the opera. The members of the group are ethnically diverse young people who have faced significant life challenges. When they first hear about this project, they question why they are being asked to take a look at the Holocaust again. However, once immersed in rehearsals, they travel to Theresienstadt, meet a very special Holocaust survivor, and start questioning their complacent attitude towards German history.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Brundibár
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Douglas Wolfsperger
  • Cinematography
    Frank Amann, Igor Luther
  • Editing
    Frank Brummundt
  • Music
    Alex Komlew
  • Sound
    Alex Arft, Clemens Grulich
  • Runtime
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2014
  • Country
    • Germany
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Calgary Jewish Film Festival (Canada)
    • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (USA)
    • Washington Jewish Film Festival (USA)
    • International Jewish Film Festival (Australia)
    • Miami Jewish Film Festival (USA)
    • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (USA)
    • Festival deutschsprachiger Filme Prague (Czech Republic)
    • Internationale Hofer Filmtage (Germany)
    • Kasseler DokFest (Germany)
    • Kinofest Lünen (Germany)
    • Filmschau Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    • Denver Jewish Film Festival (USA)
  • Awards
    • Filmfest Biberach (Germany) – Dokubiber for Best Documentary Award

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