Join us on Sat late afternoon in Berkeley for A Film Unfinished, winner of Best International Feature at the Hot Docs festival.
We'll meet/greet at 5pm at the Shattuck Cinema entrance, then go in to see the 5:15 film. Afterward, we'll gather at a cafe to share impressions over food/drinks. Can anyone help host?
A Film Unfinished At the end of World War II, sixty minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," the footage quickly gained traction as an important historical document, and has been used by archivists and documentary filmmakers over the past several decades to show what life was like in the ghetto. The images—accepted as reality—have now been proven to be a cinematic deception, as the Nazis had staged nearly all the scenes. The discovery of a long-missing fifth reel revealed the elaborate ruse: outtakes depict staged and choreographed scenes taken from various angles, even unintentionally capturing glimpses of SS cameramen behind the scenes. Much of what was once regarded as fact has been given a new truth. A Film Unfinished presents the entire film for the first time—carefully noting fictionalized sequences that falsely show "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites—and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.AFilmUnfinished.com
Meet with local foreign film aficionados to watch films at bay area theaters followed by conversation at a local cafe. Most members are young professionals (20s-30s), as we originated with the Young Professionals International Forum of the World Affairs Council.