A Film by Yael Hersonski
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942 and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites and probes into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
A Film Unfinished is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood
Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished
Death Mills (1945) - This short film by Billy Wilder includes some of the first footage shot from within concentration camps post-liberation. Study Guide - For educators and students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the themes and lessons in the film. With an exclusive essay by author and film scholar Annette Insdorf
Run Time: 90 minutes