During World War II, Nazi propaganda formed the foundation for the Third Reich’s spread of hatred throughout Europe. At the end of the war, 60 minutes of raw propaganda footage were discovered, simply labeled “Ghetto.”
“A Film Unfinished,” a documentary by Yael Hersonski, presents the raw footage in its entirety, including a few minutes of newly discovered color home movies, carefully noting fictionalized sequences that falsely showed “the good life” enjoyed by the Jews.
A screening of the film will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laemmle’s Town Center 5 located at 17200 Ventura Blvd. in Encino.
This is a one-time-only opportunity to see this film in advance of its formal release. A post screening panel discussion includes renowned Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University, and survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto. It will be moderated by Matt Friedman, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region.
“A Film Unfinished” includes journal entries by the head of Warsaw’s Jewish Council, diary entries of Warsaw Ghetto inhabitants, testimony of a German cameraman who shot some of the footage and recollections of Ghetto survivors as they watch the material for the first time.
“This film is unique for its extraordinary footage and the range of perspectives it presents,” said Jody Myers, professor and coordinator of CSUN’s Jewish Studies Program.
The film was winner of the Best Editing Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award at the 2010 Silverdocs Film Festival.
The pre-screening is presented by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation League, Second Generation, Oscilloscope Laboratories, and Cal State Northridge’s Jewish Studies Program.