Redemption Blues

Directed By: Peter Stastny / 84 Minutes
Austria, USA, Israel / 2018 / English, German (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Other
Territory Rights: WORLD-WIDE
Exhibition Format: DCP

Option for Live Appearance: Q&A
Name of guest: Peter Stastny
Role of guest: Director


A lifetime after the Shoah: Forgetting is not an option and memory only goes so far. When prayers are not enough, music can sustain us. It is not too late to mourn, and not too soon for renewal.

Redemption Blues is a film about the thorny legacy of the Holocaust and the insights of some of its last survivors. The film begins where conventional Shoah narratives leave off and traces a path forward, exploring chances for redemption through the second generation’s point of view.
In times when the victims of bloody conflicts
perpetually confront us, some of the last outspoken Shoah survivors share perspectives on trauma and resilience that can help us to better deal with the present, given the many spiritual and political fallacies we are facing.
The film is an emotional reckoning and a deeply personal journey imagining a future through the legacy of the Holocaust. The contributions of survivors in dialogue with the guiding narrative of the filmmaker are woven into a stream of music that runs from nostalgia and religious sources into an ocean of free, improvisational creation: a Blues with tidings of redemption.