Movies

Rabbi Wolff

Rabbi Wolff

A Gentleman before God

documentary, D 2016, 91 minutes
Britzka Film

Willy Wolff is nearly 90 and quite likely the most unconventional Rabbi in the world. Whether he's giving a sermon in Russian, at the Royal Ascot races or carol singing at Windsor Castle, age and convention are two things that can't stand in the way of his lust for life.

The Rapoports

The Rapoports

Our Three Lives

documentary, D 2003, 60 minutes
Ziegler Film

As Jews they escaped the Nazis, as scientists they became famous in America, as Communists they were forced to flee from McCarthy – eventually Inge and Mitja Rapoport found their third home in East Germany.

Volksbühne in Berlin. © Britzka Film
Berlin - A Square, A Murder and A Famous Communist

Berlin - A Square, A Murder and A Famous Communist

documentary, D 2005, 52 minutes
Britzka Film

A square in the heart of Berlin, where gangsters, communists, Nazis, prostitutes and Jews once shared the same pavement. This place may appear unassuming – yet its streets have been walked by some of German history's most infamous characters and hold the secrets of the country's past. 

A Hero's Death, Funeral © Britzka Film
A Hero's Death

A Hero's Death

The tunnel and the lie

documentary, D 2001, 50 minutes
Ziegler Film

It was the biggest escape in the history of the Berlin Wall: in one night of October 1964, 57 East-Berliners try their luck through a tunnel into West Berlin.  For months prior, escape agents had worked on digging out the tunnel – but it came to a tragic end. A documentary about the soldier Egon Schultz and a Cold War lie.

In Heaven, Underground

In Heaven, Underground

The Weissensee Jewish cemetery

documentary, D 2011, 90 minutes
Britzka Film

Tucked away in the north of Berlin, surrounded by walls and hidden beneath a primeval forest of trees, rhododendrons and ivy - this is the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the largest in Europe that is still used for burials.  Despite a turbulent past, both the cemetery and its archives have remained completely intact – a paradise for gatherers of stories.

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Gerda's Silence

Gerda's Silence

based on a book by Knut Elstermann

documentary, D 2008, 90 minutes
Zeitsprung Entertainment

It began with a broken taboo: when six-year-old Knut dares to ask his visiting "auntie Gerda" about her child, the whole room falls silent – this is Gerda's most private secret. Young Knut bows his head in shame and confusion; he would never forget this Sunday afternoon.

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Justice Now!

Justice Now!

Ideas for a better world

documentary, D 2006, 45 minutes
Saarländischer Rundfunk

One is born rich, the other dies early. One wins the lottery, the other hits a stroke of fate. From an early age, we all experience a world that is unjust and wrong. But how do we deal with it?