Next month we’ll be opening two acclaimed documentaries about that notorious and virulent ideology, Nazism, one that deals with its incarnation in Germany during World War II and another about its presence here and now.
A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID: A NAZI LEGACY explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather, who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.
In her Screen Daily review, Fionnuala Halligan described the film as “chilling” and “a layered examination of brutality, self-deception, guilt and the nature of justice which is compelling throughout.” We’ll screen WHAT OUR FATHERS DID beginning November 2nd at the Royal and November 13th at the Town Center.
WELCOME TO LEITH, which we’ll open November 6th at the Music Hall, chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision. In his Variety review, Dennis Harvey called the film “as engrossing as a fictional thriller.” In the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote, “Mr. Cobb is a truly scary presence whose eyes burn with fervor as he describes his racist, anti-Semitic agenda. At the same time, he is articulate, intelligent, determined and dangerous.”