Germans & Jews
Directed By: Janina Quint (First Feature Film) /
USA / 2016 / English (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Other
Territory Rights: USA, CANADA (English), CANADA (French)
Exhibition Format: Prores/QT
Original Title: Germans & Jews
Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn’t have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany’s transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
English & German w/ English Subtitles.
“Incisive… Part psychology seminar and sociology course, ‘Germans & Jews’ finds its sharpest insights as it examines the stress of communication, when both sides are so hyper-aware of the past that it hinders what’s said in the present. Yet just the fact that Germans – Jewish and non-Jewish – are talking about the issues, Ms. Quint suggests, is a real cause for hope, despite history.” – Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
“What truly makes the film a must-see are the fine interviews with social psychologists, historians, Jewish educators and museum directors… an exceptional documentary.”
– Eric A. Goldman, Jewish Standard