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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Filmmakers for the Prosecution
November 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm$12
Presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival
11:00am Sunday, November 20
With special guest Dr. Eic Rentschler
What happens when history is suppressed and films documenting that history are lost and forgotten? FILMMAKERS FOR THE PROSECUTION is the true story of one such film, a film that chronicled the Holocaust and the Nuremberg Trials but then was lost for half a century.
In 1945, Budd and Stuart Schulberg, the sons of Hollywood mogul B.P. Schulberg, made a groundbreaking documentary for the prosecutors at the first of the Nuremberg trials. Using the Nazi’s own films and images, the Schulbergs’ documentary helped convict the Nazi leaders on trial. Among them were Hermann Goring, Hans Frank, and Rudolf Hess.
With footage from this film and of the trial itself, Stuart Schulberg completed a second documentary titled Nuremberg, Its Lesson for Today. Meant to be seen by the public as a reminder and lesson about the Holocaust, it was shown in Germany but nowhere else. Times were changing and the U.S. government was more concerned about rebuilding Europe and Germany than promoting a film that recalled a horrific past.
FILMMAKERS FOR THE PROSECUTION is a suspenseful story of the film made for the prosecutors at Nuremberg, the subsequent documentary by Stuart Schulberg and how his film was rediscovered. It is a story of the power of cinema to prosecute perpetrators of the Holocaust by using cinema created by the perpetrators, raising questions of the power of media in today’s world.
Harvard University’s Professor Eric Rentschler will join us for a Zoom discussion about propaganda in Nazi cinema.