A Film Unfinished
Dir. Yael Hersonski
In Theaters 08/18/10 On DVD 03/08/11
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
Yael Hersonski has been working as a freelance director and editor since graduating with high honors from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. She has served as the content editor of the chief weekly documentary program of Channel 10 (an Israeli commercial television station), which won the Israeli Academy Award for the best documentary television program in 2004, and she currently edits documentary and fictional drama programs for Israeli television. A Film Unfinished is her first feature documentary film.
Directed by Yael Hersonski Producers Noemi Schory Itay Ken-Tor Director of Photography Itai Neeman Editor Joelle Alexis Sound Design Aviv Aldema Music Ishai Adar
Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood
Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished
Death Mills (1945) - A short film by Billy Wilder - includes some of the first footage shot from within concentration camps post-liberation
Study Guide - for educators and students to gain a deeper understanding of the themes and lessons in the film
With an exclusive essay by author and film scholar Annette Insdorf