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Bracknell Film Society Selection
SEPTEMBER 2016
Second of two shows this month

Life Through a Lens Fourth of four shows of documentary films

'MY NAZI LEGACY'

To book a ticket for this and forthcoming BFS screenings please contact the SHP Box Office on 01344 484123 or click the logo below to book via the SHP website.
Tickets £8.60, SHP members £7.00.
BFS members (BFS shows only) £6.60. You may have to show a BFS membership card. Concessions £7.60. SHP make an additional £0.70 charge when paying by credit card. Reserving a ticket by phone, expect to pay by cash at the box office 30 minutes prior to show time.

Tuesday 27th September. 7.45pm

Certificate


AWARDS

THIS FILM DESERVEDLY RECEIVED ONE WIN AND TWO NOMINATIONS.

Jerusalem Film Festival
YEAR
Result
Award
Category/Recipient(s)
2015
WON
The Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award
Best Feature
David Evans

Hamburg Film Festival
YEAR
Result
Award
Category/Recipient(s)
2015
Nominated
Political Film Award
David Evans

Stockholm Film Festival
YEAR
Result
Award
Category/Recipient(s)
2015
Nominated
Best Documentary
David Evans

Director: David Evans, UK, 2014, 94 minutes

Featuring: Niklas Frank, Horst von Wächter, Philippe Sands

The long shadow of the Nazi legacy that hangs over modern Germany
is examined in this uncomfortable, riveting film; its focus is on the very
personal experience of two men - sons of key architects
of Hitler's policies in the Nazi empire.

Plus short film in conjunction with the Women Over Fifty Film Festival

Home Movie

Director: Caroline Pick, UK, 2013, 17 minutes

A story of immigration, dislocation, assumed identities and secrets.
Winner Best Documentary Short and Winner Audience Choice Award at WOFFF 2015

Thanks to DepicT! www.depict.org and WOFFF www.wofff.co.uk short film festivals
2016 submissions now open!


ARTICLE

The final film in the four documentaries shown by the Bracknell Film Society.

'My Nazi Legacy' review – the poison of the past lives on. A challenging and disturbing documentary looking at how the sons of two Nazi war criminals have dealt differently with their father’s actions in during the Nazi regime.

The eye of the beholder … 'My Nazi Legacy' reviewed by Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

This outstanding documentary about history and guilt from author and human rights lawyer Philippe Sands concerns the two elderly sons of prominent officials in Nazi Germany. It entirely upends what I confess were my own preconceptions about what such a film would be: that is, a placid, consensual study, ruefully brooding on the sins of the fathers. This is far more challenging – and more disturbing.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Sands interviews Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, the sons of Hans Frank and Otto Wächter, respectively (among their other grim distinctions) the Nazi governor of occupied Poland and Nazi governor of Galicia in Ukraine. It becomes disturbingly clear that although Frank Jr has come to terms with what his father did, Wächter Jr is still in denial – wriggling, squirming, trying to claim that his father was not personally guilty. Increasingly angry, Sands confronts him with documentary proof that Otto Wächter had substantial administrative responsibility for the slaughter of Ukrainian Jews, including Sands’s own family.

These are live issues: then as now, there are quasi-fascist strands of opinion in Ukraine that side with Nazi Germany for facing up to Russia. The film visits a creepy Nazi-nostalgist convocation of uniformed paramilitaries there, who hail Horst von Wächter as the son of a hero. Wächter is clearly pretty pleased. It is a chilling demonstration of how the poison of the past can live in the bloodstream of the present.

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