German Films @ Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is launching a re-imagined version of the Festival 2020 that will be presented in 2 parts. The first part of TJFF will be a ground-breaking online Festival that will take place May 30-June 7th featuring the following German co-production, co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Toronto:
"How Holocaust Came to TV" by Alice Agneskirchner
(Germany, 2019, 89min)
In "How Holocaust Came to TV" the filmmaker traces the events of 1979, when the four-part US series "Holocaust" was first broadcast in Germany. The series tells the story of the fictitious Jewish family Weiss and the fictitious family of SS member Erik Dorf in Berlin during the Nazi era. When 20 million viewers watched the series on four consecutive days in January 1979, this changed the collective view of Nazi crimes virtually overnight. Agneskirchner's film traces the history of this emotional television event 40 years ago: from its creation and shooting to its broadcast and the enormous reaction in Germany, including Nazis trying to prevent its airing by bombing broadcasting stations.