A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again.
Festivals And Awards
Ruth Beckermann was born in Vienna where she also spent her childhood. After her studies in journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, she took her degree as Dr.phil in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines.
Berlinale 2018. Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018. Cinéma du réel 2018. DOK.fest Munich 2018. Play-Doc, Tui Spain 2018. Diagonale, Graz Austria 2018. Best International Film - Honorable Mention – DocAviv FF 2018.
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