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IN THE COUNTRY OF MY PARENTS


MALOU


CONFUSION / DIFFUSION


MY GERMAN FRIEND


YOU CANNOT WIN WITHOUT FIGHTING


MOSCONI OR TO WHOM THE WORLD BELONGS


FICTIONAL LIES ON RIGHT OCCASIONS


ANNA’S SUMMER


AMIGOMÍO


LA AMIGA


DESEMBARCOS - When Memory Speaks


DAYS TO REMEMBER


MELEK LEAVES

   

In the country of my parents

Germany 1981

16 mm, colour, 88 min, German with English subtitles


Summary:

"Had it not been for Hitler, I would have been born a German-Jewish child, more German than Jewish, in a small village in the South of Germany. But as it happened, I was born in Argentina, my mothertongue is Spanish. I came to Germany 17 years ago."
It is here, where author and director Jeanine Meerapfel starts searching for her own Jewish identity, being confronted time and time again with Federal Republic reality.
At the same time she is not interested in a journalistic survey, statistics and politics but her own situation in life, full of doubts and fears, including Germany as such and others concerned.
Same as in her first feature-film "Malou" , Jeanine Meerapfel examines - apart from the subjective aspects of the problem - what it means to live as a Jewess in this country, to which a friend, when asked said: "There are far worse things happening today than to be a Jewess in Germany."
The film doesn't offer ready-made answers, it rather puts open questions.


Press comments:

"The speeches are amazingly candid and often painfully touching. (...) Jeanine Meerapfel has deliberately chosen a non-confrontational tenor for her film, eschewing the 'horror show' mentality to prevalent in other documentaries on the subject."
Jump Cut, USA (Shawn S. Magee, No. 30)

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Director and script:
Jeanine Meerapfel
   
Photography:
Peter Schäfer
   
Sound:
Hans Schmitz
   
Editing:
Heidi Murero
   
Music:
Jakob Lichtmann
   
Production:
Westdeutscher Rundfunk 1981
   
Cast:
Anna Levine, Luc Bondy, Meier Breslav, Eva Ebner, Sarah Haffner, Jakob Lichtmann
   
Awards:
Golden Ducat Award, Mannheim 1981, Mention of the Catholic Church in Germany, Mannheim 1981
   
   
Film Festivals:
Florence, Cinéma des femmes París, Montreal, Berlin, San Sebastián, etc.
   
Distribution:
DVD edition (a selection of films by Jeanine Meerapfel)
Neue Visionen: info@neuevisionen.de
www.goodmovies.de
   
   
   
Cinema distribution:
Deutsche Kinemathek: filmverleih@deutsche-kinemathek.de