Screening of 'A Film Unfinished' and director's Q&A will be April 3
In "A Film Unfinished," according to an article in the New York Times, Israeli director Yael Hersonski embarks on a critical analysis of "Das Ghetto" that is remarkable as much for its speculative restraint as for its philosophical reach. Moving methodically reel by reel and acknowledging the "many layers of reality," the director creates a palimpsest of impressions from multiple, meticulously researched sources representing both victims and oppressors," the Times article said.
The Program in Film, Television and Interactive Media and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies invite the community to a special screening of "A Film Unfinished" with a Q and A with director Hersonski, moderated by Professor Paul Jankowski of the History Department. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center, on Sunday, April 3. The event is free and open to the public.
"A Film Unfinished," says Professor Alice Kelikian, chair of Film, Television and Interactive Media, is a provocative and compelling expose of Nazi cinematic manipulations. It stands as a haunting rumination about deception and what Hersonski calls "the battle for the narrative" in filmic propaganda dealing with the Holocaust. The documentary, which relies upon long missing footage of fictionalized scenes and a staged dinner party, lays bare the grim realities of representations by the Third Reich of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.