Yaar is a young Israeli living in Berlin, refusing being a Jew. He accuses his father of suffering from the Holocaust although he never experienced it firsthand. In order to face his own family history, he decides to communicate the Holocaust in a new way: in a computer game. Together with his two German friends, he creates a 1940s Germany in which Jews can defend themselves and Nazis can act humanely. His father is shocked.

TACHELES – The Heart of the Matter - shows how the trauma of the survivors affects the third generation. By bluring the truth and switching the roles of victims and perpertrators - can anyone cope with his own history?

Is reconciliation possible with a Computer Game?


Tacheles - The Heart of the Matter

Germany 2020, 104 min, Feature Documentary - New Release

Written & Directed by: Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm
Produced by: Gunter Hanfgarn (HANFGARN & UFER) Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm (SCHRAMM MATTHES FILM)
Coproducers: ZDF/3sat; WDR
Script: Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm
Collaboration script and direction: Yaar Harell
Editing: Julia Wiedwald
Cinematography: Lars Barthel Andrej Johannes Thieme
Original Sound: Timo Selengia Nic Nagel Yishai Ilan
Drawings: Sarah Heitz Jonas Greulich
Music: The Notwist Bernd Jestram
Color grading: Matthias Behrens
Supported by: Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Language: German, Hebrew, English with English and German subtitles

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Yaar is a young Israeli living in Berlin, refusing being a Jew. He accuses his father of suffering from the Holocaust although he never experienced it firsthand. In order to face his own family history, he decides to communicate the Holocaust in a new way: in a computer game. Together with his two German friends, he creates a 1940s Germany in which Jews can defend themselves and Nazis can act humanely. His father is shocked.

TACHELES – The Heart of the Matter - shows how the trauma of the survivors affects the third generation. By bluring the truth and switching the roles of victims and perpertrators - can anyone cope with his own history?

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Festivals

  • DOK.fest Munchen 2020
  • Kassel Dokfest 2020
  • CLIO 2020 Nomination – Moving History Festival Award

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Festivals

  • DOK.fest Munchen 2020
  • Kassel Dokfest 2020
  • CLIO 2020 Nomination – Moving History Festival Award