The exclusive Washington, D.C. premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary film Germans & Jews, including a discussion with the filmmakers, will launch the 2016-17 Amram Scholar Series on Thursday, September 22. Co-sponsored by the German Embassy, this special program at Temple will begin at 6:30 pm with a reception hosted by Ambassador Peter Wittig and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig.
The film began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers — executive producer Tal Recanati, an American Jew, and director Janina Quint, a non-Jewish German — who were longtime friends. Their examination of the residual guilt and awkwardness that still affect the German-Jewish relationship 70 years after the defeat of Hitler's Reich would become a broad, nuanced, and probing cultural exchange regarding painful common history.
"Don't expect simple answers in Germans & Jews. Just prepare for formidable questions," The New York Times observed in a glowing review, praising its psychological astuteness, sly humor, and sharp insights. "Those are the real reasons to see this incisive documentary."
Germany today is home to more than 200,000 Jews, and according to the film, Berlin boasts Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish population. Whether native-born or immigrants, Jews there struggle with the scarring legacy of the Holocaust even as they take pride in Germany’s moral leadership in the refugee crisis facing Europe now. For their part, non-Jewish Germans also grapple with anxiety and doubt, uncertain if their Nazi-era relatives were victims or perpetrators. As the film depicts in gripping interviews with both Germans and Jews, efforts to speak honestly about the past produce stressful communication in the present. Despite that tension, the film finds cause for hope in their mutual confrontation with the issues.
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Presented in partnership with the German Embassy.