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Housewitz & Captured – Double Feature at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg

Film Screening and Discussion (in Dutch, with English subtitles)

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As part of the Jewish Film Festi­val Berlin Branden­burg, the Jewish Museum Berlin will screen Captured and House­witz, films that deal with the legacy of the Holo­caust in very different and very personal ways. Follow­ing the screen­ing, a discus­sion between the film­makers and Marina Chernivsky, psycho­logist and head of the Kompetenz­zentrum für Prävention und Empower­ment as well as the director of the Beratungs­stelle OFEK e.V. will provide in­sights into the cine­matic handling of family history.

Past event

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

an old lady with hat looking at the camera

Film still from Housewitz; courtesy of production

In Captured, Batya Wolff, together with Arnoud Holle­man, approaches her father through the media of film and photo­graphy. The question that moves her is: How can I free myself from a war that was over before I was born? Her father, Max Wolff, started photo­graphing straight after the end of the war to keep the trauma of survival at bay and to establish his own narrative. The family archive, consisting of thou­sands of photos and many hours of cine film, becomes a third prota­gonist in the film along­side father and daughter. It testifies to how images can simul­taneously conjure up and block memory.

In House­witz, film­maker Oeke Hoogendijk tries to find the reason for her mother Lous' cate­gorical refusal to leave the house – for decades. In this film, what seems at first glance to be a completely normal scene – a woman in a living room watching tele­vision with her cat – gradually trans­forms into an oppressive reality in which the internal and external worlds are in conflict, and the “house mate” Holo­caust is ever-present.

The films will be shown in their original Dutch versions with English subtitles. The discus­sion will be in English.

In co­operation with the Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg

Original title Captured
Film genre Documentary
Directed by Arnoud Holleman and Batya Wolff
Country The Netherlands
Language Dutch
Subtitles English
Release date 2021
Running time 63 mins
Original title Housewitz
Film genre Documentary
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
Country The Netherlands
Language Dutch
Subtitles English
Release date 2021
Running time 69 mins

Where, when, what?

  • When Sun 19 Jun 2022, 4 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

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