Hans Kràsa’s children’s opera, “Brundibar” was performed more than 50 times between 1943 and 1944 by Jewish children in the Theresienstadt ghetto. The simple story of the struggle against evil was abused by the Nazis as a propaganda tool and was used for by those imprisoned in the camps to symbolize the victory of good over evil.



In this documentary a Berlin-based youth theatre group stages the opera. The members of the group are young people from different ethnic backgrounds who live on the fringes of society. Holocaust? Again? Is the first reaction of the members of the theatre company when they hear about their newest project. They start questioning their complacent attitude towards German history. They travel to Theresienstadt to learn about the terrors of the Third Reich, and the conditions in which the opera played such a crucial role. The group is accompanied by Greta Klingsberg, a charismatic elderly woman from Israel and one of the few survivors of the original cast of Brundibar. She takes the young Germans on a trip back in time and, slowly, they start questioning their attitudes and apathy towards German history. When the young actors bow at the end of the premiere of their "Brundibár", Greta is sitting in the audience, deeply moved by the performance of her friends.


Brundibar Revisited

Doc, 88 min, 2014

Written and directed by: Douglas Wolfsperger
Produced by: Anna Maria Gadebusch – Douglas Wolfsperger Film Produktion
Sponsored by: WDR, ARTE
Language: German with English subtitles

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Synopsis


Hans Kràsa’s children’s opera, “Brundibar” was performed more than 50 times between 1943 and 1944 by Jewish children in the Theresienstadt ghetto. The simple story of the struggle against evil was abused by the Nazis as a propaganda tool and was used for by those imprisoned in the camps to symbolize the victory of good over evil.



In this documentary a Berlin-based youth theatre group stages the opera. The members of the group are young people from different ethnic backgrounds who live on the fringes of society. Holocaust? Again? Is the first reaction of the members of the theatre company when they hear about their newest...

Awards

  • Nominated for Prix Europa, 2014
  • Dokubiber for Best Documentary Award - Filmfest Biberach, Germany, 2014

Festivals

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2015
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2015
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2015

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Festivals

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2015
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2015
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • International Jewish Film Festival Australia, 2015
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival,2015
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival deutschsprachiger Filme Prague, 2014
  • Internationale Hofer Filmtage, 2014
  • Filmfest Biberach – Official Competition, Germany, 2014
  • Kasseler DokFest, Germany, 2014
  • Kinofest Lünen,Germany, 2014
  • Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 2014

Educational

  • Arizona State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • US Holocaust Memorial & Museum
  • Harvard University
  • Spertus Institute, USA
  • USC

Awards

  • Nominated for Prix Europa, 2014
  • Dokubiber for Best Documentary Award - Filmfest Biberach, Germany, 2014