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Imaginary Witness

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Daniel Anker / 2004

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.


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Running Time: 92 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Cinema, Holocaust, Jewish Studies, Media, War
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Daniel Anker
Production Company: Daniel Anker Productions

Press

  • “Deserves merit for detailing a painful subject with maturity and intelligence”
    Film Threat
    Phil Hall
  • “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.”
    Boston Globe
    Ty Burr
  • “Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.”
    Arizona Republic
    Richard Nilsen
  • “Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.”
    Seattle Times
    Moira MacDonald
  • “This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood’s narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.”
    TIME OUT NEW YORK
    Joshua Rothkopf
  • “Sheds light on the paradoxes and political maneuvering that went on in the studios.”
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Bill White

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
  • Newport International Film Festival, USA - 2004
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA - 2004

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (Review), by Lawrence Baron
  • Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, by Micahel Berenbaum

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