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Told through first-hand accounts of directors, actors, writers, and producers this documentary asks hard questions about the uneasy relationship between American popular culture and the Holocaust.
We find out about the difficulties and responsibility of filmmakers as they re-imagine for the screen the horrors of Nazi Germany and how film itself has the power to shape and reflect history and memory.
“Deserves merit for detailing a painful subject with maturity and intelligence”
“Daniel Anker's film faults Hollywood both for ignoring the Holocaust during the war years and for trivializing it later. It's a mixed message that coheres largely thanks to Anker's archival spadework and his luck in securing interviews.”
“Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.”
“Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.”
“This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood’s narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.”
TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Sheds light on the paradoxes and political maneuvering that went on in the studios.”
Festival & Awards
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, China - 2007
Adelaide Film Festival, Australia - 2005
Cleveland International Film Festival, USA - 2005
Iceland International Film Festival - 2005
Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland - 2005
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, China - 2005
Tribeca Film Festival, USA - 2004
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival - 2004 Special Jury Award for Documentary Research
Hamptons International Film Festival - 2004 Audience Award for Best Documentary