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28th Toronto Jewish Film Festival TJFF2020 Part two: October 22 - November 1

How Holocaust Came to TV Wie Holocaust Ins Fernsehen Kam


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Canadian Premiere
June 1

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Country Germany
Year 2019
Running Time 89 MIN
Languages English, German
Subtitles English
Director Alice Agneskirchner

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The landmark 1978 US mini-series Holocaust, starring Meryl Streep and James Woods, created a lasting global impact. This revealing documentary tells the story behind the Emmy-Award-winning TV event and the struggle to have it air on German television. As soon as the broadcast of Holocaust in Germany was announced, there was an outcry from Nazi sympathizers and broadcast stations were bombed. When the series was finally shown in January 1978, it changed the collective view of Nazi crimes virtually overnight, sparking a national reckoning with the past.. Various cast members, such as Michael Moriarty and Tovah Feldshuh, visit the filming locations in Austria and Germany. Director Marvin J. Chomsky and others involved behind-the-scenes reflect on the miniseries’ production history, while future German filmmakers Edgar Reitz (Heimat) and Nico Hofmann talk about its impact and influence.

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