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The House On August Street” is the untold story of the filmmaker’s legendary aunt Beate Berger, and the Children’s home she founded in 1922 in Berlin for Jewish children in need.
It is the story of her courageous decision at the early 30’s to save “her” children from Nazi Germany, and the unique rescue operation she initiated and carried out, taking them out of Germany and bringing them to a new “Ahawah” home she built in Israel. It’s a film about memory, hope and about a woman who understood reality around her like very few did at the time.
It is a fantastic story with a very good archive material, wonderful dramatized parts and current filming of some of the children who were saved by the Heroine Beate Berger.
It all creates a mix of emotions, compassion and humor in a documentary.
PRIX CIRCOM 2008 Jury report
This valuable historical document tells with great expertise and effectiveness the moving story of the children of Beith Ahawah in Berlin and the way they were brought to Israel. The director has made excellent use of varied cinematic tools to create a work which is important, artistically satisfying and engrossing.
Haifa international film festival 2007, jury's statement
Immeasurable love and emotion, without a drop of sentimentality nor nostalgic schmaltz. A meticulously forged work of cinema, both modest and humble, moving and inspiring.
Yehuda Stav, Yediot Aharonot, Israel
A stirring, unique compilation of human portraits that portrays the painful past, in the present.
Noam Buxbaum, Ha'aretz Online, Israel
Yael Shuv, Time Out, Israel
Breathtaking moments for actor Naomi Krauss as Beate Berger. With chilling clarity and without the slightest hint of misrepresentation, she shares with the viewer the process whereby she realized that Germany is no longer a place for Jewish children.
Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
A most impressive way to exhibit the prevailing ambiance in Germany at the rise of the Nazis… Extremely convincing dramatic moments are created through the imaginary dialogue between the director and her great aunt.
Festival & Awards
Haifa International Film Festival - 2007 • Second Prize for Best Documentary
The Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2007
Doc Leipzig- International Leipzig Festival for Documentary & Animated Film - 2007
"Saviors on the Screen" - JCC Manhattan FF - 2007
Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2008
Berlin Jewish Film Festival - 2008
5th International Film Festival Jewish Motifs - 2008
LA Jewish Film Festival - 2008
"CIRCOM REGIONAL", European Association of Regional Television - 2008 The Grand Prix Award for Best Documentary
San Joaquin Film Festival - 2008
Israeli Film Academy Awards - 2008 Nominee- Best Documentary Film
Ischia Film Festival - 2008
Gandhi Panorama (International Festival of Films on Gandhiji and his principles) - 2008
CAMERA OBSCURA Les Affaires Internationales - 2008
PLATFORMA VIDEO8 - 2008
RKF Film Festival; Rome-Milan-Trieste - 2008
Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2008
Isratim - Israeli Film Festival - 2008
Tucson Jewish Film Festival - 2009
Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2009
Jewish Museum of New York - 2009
Flying Broom International Women's FF - 2009
FICJA, 7th International Jewish Film Festival - Argentina - 2009