Farewell, Herr Schwarz

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Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz, sister and brother, could have re-met in Lodz in 1945. But they didn’t. She migrated to a Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there, while he returned to East Germany, changed his name to Peter, married a German woman and lived the rest of his life in the camp where he was once a prisoner. But that is just the beginning. The outcome of their decision affects the course of lives for generations to come, in the here and now: The children who struggle to deal with their parents’ silence and their own unasked questions; their grandchildren who are haunted by family secrets and forced to question their own identity.
Farewell, Herr Schwarz is an epic documentary by Yael Reuveny, the granddaughter of Michla Schwarz, a personal journey between Israel and Germany.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary at the Haifa Inernational Film Festival, 2014; DEFA Award at Dok Leipzig, Germany, 2014; Dialogue Award at Cottbus Film Festival, 2014; Best Film at Schleswig Holstein Film Festival, Germany, 2014; Outstanding Storytelling Award at First Film Fest, 2014

Director: Yael Reuveny

Producer: Melanie andernach, Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari

Production Company: Black Sheep Productions

Cinematographer: Andreas Köhler

Editor: Nicole Kortlüke, Assaf Lapid

Original Soundtrack: Hauschka

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television - Greenhouse, Channel 8 Israel, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Freiheit Einheit Demokrait, Kulturelle Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein BKM, The Rabinowitz Film Fund

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: היה שלום פטר שוורץ

Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz, sister and brother, could have re-met in Lodz in 1945. But they didn’t. She migrated to a Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there, while he returned to East Germany, changed his name to Peter, married a German woman and lived the rest of his life in the camp where he was once a prisoner. But that is just the beginning. The outcome of their decision affects the course of lives for generations to come, in the here and now: The children who struggle to deal with their parents’ silence and their own unasked questions; their grandchildren who are haunted by family secrets and forced to question their own identity.
Farewell, Herr Schwarz is an epic documentary by Yael Reuveny, the granddaughter of Michla Schwarz, a personal journey between Israel and Germany.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary at the Haifa Inernational Film Festival, 2014; DEFA Award at Dok Leipzig, Germany, 2014; Dialogue Award at Cottbus Film Festival, 2014; Best Film at Schleswig Holstein Film Festival, Germany, 2014; Outstanding Storytelling Award at First Film Fest, 2014

Director: Yael Reuveny

Producer: Melanie andernach, Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari

Production Company: Black Sheep Productions

Cinematographer: Andreas Köhler

Editor: Nicole Kortlüke, Assaf Lapid

Original Soundtrack: Hauschka

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television - Greenhouse, Channel 8 Israel, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Freiheit Einheit Demokrait, Kulturelle Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein BKM, The Rabinowitz Film Fund

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: היה שלום פטר שוורץ

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