San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens two films from the Netherlands – July 24-28
BABI YAR.CONTEXT – Tickets/Info
LOST TRANSPORT – Tickets/Info
The SF Jewish Film festival will screen the new documentary film BABI YAR.CONTEXT produced by Dutch film production company Atoms and Void, and directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, who will also receive the festival’s 2022 Freedom of Expression Award. On September 29-30, 1941, Sonderkommando 4a of the Einsatzgruppe C, assisted by two battalions of the Police Regiment South and Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, and without any resistance from the local population, shot dead in the Babi Yar ravine in the north-west of Kiev 33,771 Jews.
The film reconstructs the historical context of this tragedy through archive footage documenting the German occupation of Ukraine and the subsequent decade. When memory turns into oblivion, when the past overshadows the future, it is the voice of cinema that articulates the truth.
The SF Jewish Film Festival will also screen the new film LOST TRANSPORT by Dutch filmmaker Saskia Diesing. This film follows the final turbulent days of World War II. With German soldiers abandoning a deportation train and leaving the fate of the people on it to advancing Russian troops, the chance encounter between the distrustful German girl Winnie, the courageous Dutch Jew Simone and the fearless Russian sniper Vera leads to an unexpected friendship.