In 1986, when Austrian activists were protesting against Kurt Waldheim, filmmaker Ruth Beckermann was both protester and reporter, capturing confrontations between activists and Waldheim supporters. 30 years later, Beckermann uses her footage, as well as contemporaneous news archives, to chronicle Waldheim’s run for the Presidency of Austria amidst allegations of involvement in Nazi atrocities during WWII. Amid rising anti-Semitism and nationalism, the film reexamines an uncomfortable chapter in Austria’s history and raises timely questions about collective complicity, memory, and historical responsibility. Austria’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In German with English subtitles. 93 min. Colby College professor Raffael Scheck will lead a discussion after the film.
Screened as part of the 22nd Annual Maine Jewish Film Festival!
This program is made possible by the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Lunder Foundation, and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.