“A beautiful, contemplative documentary.”
“Bianca Steiger’s Exciting Directorial Debut”.
Three minutes – lengthening A 1938 amateur film by David Curtis shows Jewish residents of a small town in Poland and tries to postpone its end. Special article on film, history and memory.
As long as we look, history is not over yet. Color images basically only last a few minutes. This is the only known motion picture of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasilsk before the Holocaust. What do the pictures say about them? What stories are hidden in kinescope? The footage found has been fantastically modified to create a movie that lasts over an hour.
Various sounds amplify the images. Writer Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, shares his remarkable knowledge of the material. Maurice Chandler, who appears in the film as a boy, relives his memories. Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film’s essay. Dutch journalist and historian Bianca Steiger is the maker of the film.