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A Film Unfinished Film Viewing & Discussion

“In 1942, one of the only known films of the Warsaw Ghetto was shot. Scenes of Jewish life were documented. For decades after World War II, this footage was presented as truth. Until 40 years later when a missing reel was discovered … “

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project invites you to attend:


Directed by Yael Hersonski
Film Viewing & Discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor Michael Boester, Chemistry and Geosciences
Wednesday, October 26
6 pm
Flynn Campus Center Forum (3-130)
Presented by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project
Free and open to the public

SYNOPSIS  (from the film’s website)

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, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, 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.

A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.

Holocaust, Genocide
and Human Rights Project