THE INVISIBLE – Austin Jewish Film Festival


The Invisibles
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7:30 PM

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Regal Arbor Cinema 8
Introduction by Jake Wolfson, Education Coordinator of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.
“The little-known story of young Jews that outlast the Third Reich while hiding in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become ‘invisible.”
Running: 110 min.
Director: Claus Räfle
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: German (with subtitles)
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Ratings: ❖ – Family Friendly
In May 1943, Germany infamously declares Berlin “free of Jews.” But at that moment there are still 7,000 Jews living “underground;” only 1,700 survive to liberation. “The Invisibles” tells the stories of four of those survivors. Cioma is an art student who uses his drafting skills to forge passports to save his fellow Jews in exchange for food ration cards; Hanni dyes her hair blond and manages to pass as Aryan, strolling along the streets of Berlin; teenager Eugen, who distributes anti-government leaflets, is handed to a succession of sympathetic Communist families; and Ruth must resort to roaming the streets before being taken in by a surprising protector. Brilliantly mixing oral histories with striking re-enactments, this unusual hybrid docu-drama offers a powerful and uplifting message of resilience and courage.
Sponsor: The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC). Community Partners: Congregation Beth Israel Brotherhood, Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, and Austin Film Society.
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