FOUR PARTS OF A FOLDING SCREEN
What does it mean to lose everything and have to flee? The story of a Jewish family in Berlin whose existence was annihilated by the Nazis is unique and current at the same time.
A building is sold. Belongings are taken away to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Not to benefit the family whose property they are, but the Nazis and their inhuman bureaucracy. Using documents from Berlin archives, Anthea Kennedy, whose Jewish father fled to England, and Ian Wiblin reconstruct the story of the Koch family, seeking out traces in this extraordinary film located somewhere between documentary and fiction. This experimental documentary follows the secrets of streets and buildings that appear unexceptional and links the lists of dispossessed objects read out loud by a seemingly distant woman's voice with images of Berlin today and places that no longer exist. A reminder of a part of the city's history that it would rather forget. (Thomas Abeltshauser)
Anthea Kennedy is a filmmaker, editor, and docent. Her films examine (usually German) history, commemoration, and space, including AT THE FOUNTAINHEAD (OF GERMAN STRENGTH) (1980). Ian Wiblin is a photographer and filmmaker. His works study the representation of places and their architecture in relation to real or imagined history. They have been directing films together since 2000.
Filmography (joint films, selection):
THE VIEW FROM OUR HOUSE (2013); STELLA POLARE (2006); BAG OF A THOUSAND POCKETS (short/2002)
Introduction: Prof. Gertrud Koch (FU Berlin)
United Kingdom 2018, documentary, German premiere, 83 min., original English version
Directors: Anthea Kennedy, Ian Wiblin
Production: Arts Council England
Festivals: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017