At the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, the acclaimed documentarian Ruth Beckermann presented her latest film, The Waldheim Waltz
, which went on to win the Best Documentary award and tour around many more worldwide festivals. We are therefore delighted to show 11 films by the director in partnership with the DOK Leipzig festival
, who for their 61st edition, are presenting an homage to Ruth Beckermann, rightly named Document/Demonstrate
Beckermann’s work is strongly imbedded in the political, historical and personal, but always in view to comment or understand the present. Throughout the years, the Austrian filmmaker’s films have constantly engaged with new forms (such as personal essays, fictional readings, found footage films) to explore Jewish cultural history and identity (Towards Jerusalem
, Zorro’s Bar Mitzva
), anti-semitism and the Nazi era (East of War
), but also xenophobia and migration (Those Who Go, Those Who Stay
). Her multilayered investigations of personal and collective memory attempt to reveal the latter’s potential limitations when seeking historical truth, and the ways these might have shaped our understanding of our current situation.