Film still from <em>Farewell, Herr Schwarz</em>

Film still from Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Goethe Institut German Film Series: Farewell, Herr Schwarz

  • Sun 27 Aug 2017
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry thanks to the Goethe-Institut NZ
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated: exempt

A gripping film about the breaking apart of a family by the holocaust, divided between Germany and Israel. They are reunited by their grandchildren.

Winner of several awards, Farewell Herr Schwarz is a cinematic journey about buried family secrets, the Holocaust (from a third generation perspective) and how it is never too late to reclaim your heritage. 

This film is the first full feature documentary by writer and director Yael Reuveny. In it Reuveny attempts to answer for herself and her family why her great-uncle, a Holocaust survivor, chose to resettle in East Germany afterwards and start a family there, a life her family in Israel only learned about after his death in the late 1980s. In the process of talking to his family, her family, and visiting the home in Vilnius where her great-uncle and grandmother lived with their family before the war, Reuveny considers issues of forgiveness, reconciliation and the effect of the Holocaust on the third generation of survivors, from her own perspective as an Israeli expatriate in Germany.

Germany/Israel 2014, Colour, 96 min., M.
In German, Hebrew with English subtitles.

Dir. Yael Reuveny

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Film still from <em>Farewell, Herr Schwarz</em>

Film still from Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Poster for <em>Farewell, Herr Schwarz</em>

Poster for Farewell, Herr Schwarz

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