"A Film Unfinished , engages us, challenges us, and most importantly teaches us - not only about history, but about what we take for granted, and what we assume to be the truth." -Cinematical
After World War II, 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 cameramen 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 by Yael Hersonski airs tonight on Independent Lens at 10pm (check local listings).
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