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“… Mesmeric, persuasive and cumulatively powerful, as each piece of the puzzle falls into place and lands on overarching insights into a German century and what it portends for the future.” – Scott Tobias, Variety


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Stretching from the dawn of World War I to the present day, Thomas Heise’s monumental essay film reflects on the fraught evolution of Germany’s national identity through the prism of one family’s history. The film, shot in monochrome black-and-white, combines a wealth of archival footage and materials––including letters written by Heise’s grandparents during the war––with new footage in which the director traces vestiges of his country’s national trauma to the very sites and landscapes that once played host to unspeakable violence. As he visualizes his ancestors’ forced displacement across East and West Germany, Heise achieves a moving meditation on the relationship between home and heritage.

Directed by Thomas Heise. 2019. 218 mins. In German with English subtitles.