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Holocaust? Again? That’s the first reaction of the members of the youth theatre company at the Berliner Schaubühne when they hear about their newest project. They shall play the children’s opera Brundibar, famous for its being performed at the concentration camp in Terezin/Theresienstadt. This is not a highly theoretical history lesson at school, and so they are thrown into the maelstrom of history when they travel to Terezin to learn about the terrors of the Third Reich and the place where Brundibar played such a crucial role. The group is accompanied by Greta Klingsberg, a charismatic old lady from Israel and one of the few survivors of the original cast of Brundibar. She takes the youngsters on a trip back in time and, slowly, they start questioning their lazy attitude towards German history.

When the young actors bow at the end of the premiere of Brundibar, Greta is sitting in the audience, deeply moved by the performance of her friends.

Douglas Wolfsperger was born in 1957. Active as a writer, producer and director, his films include: LEBE KREUZ UND STERBE QUER (1985), KIES (1986), PROBEFAHRT INS PARADIES (1992), HEIRATE MIR! (1999), BELLARIA - AS LONG AS WE LIVE! (2001), RIDERS OF THE SACRED BLOOD (2003), DID YOU EVER FALL IN LOVE WITH ME? (2005), LONG JOURNEY INTO THE LIGHT (2007), THE DISCARDED FATHER (2008), DOUBLE LIFE (2011), BRUNDIBAR REVISITED (2014), and SCALA ADIEU (2018).
Genre Educational, History, Music, Theater
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Douglas Wolfsperger
Cinematography Frank Amann, Igor Luther
Cast Greta Klingsberg, Ikra-Fatma Latif
Producer Douglas Wolfsperger
Production Company Douglas Wolfsperger Filmproduktion, in co-production with Negativ Film Productions/Prague, Cine Impuls/Stuttgart, WDR, ARTE
Length 85 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2014, Hof 2014, Biberach 2014, Kassel Dokfest 2014, Zlín 2015, Giffoni 2015
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, MEDIA, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Czech Film Fund, German-Czech Future Fund
German Distributor Wilder Süden Filmverleih/Berlin

Douglas Wolfsperger Filmproduktion
Douglas Wolfsperger