DFT @ Home | Heimat is a Space in Time

German filmmaker Thomas Heise shares the stories of three generations of his family, in their own words, in this monumental and unclassifiable documentary. Boldly experimental in style, the director uses the same matter-of-fact tone throughout the film, as he reads letters and notes from relatives who lived through the horrors of the First World War, Nazi Germany, and then life in Communist East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The letters include those of Heise’s grandparents, who chronicle the increasing measures taken against Jews: banned from buses, losing access to ration cards, and lastly being forced to a concentration camp. This demanding, prize-winning three-and-a-half-hour documentary is an understated epic that brilliantly marries the written word, image, and sound design. Its unspoken message is that the past, even as those who remember it slip away, remains with us. (218 minutes)

“A masterpiece; an exceptional record of the persistence of history and memory in the current moment." -Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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