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2012 WIJFF - IN HEAVEN UNDERGROUND  

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SYNOPSIS:
This enchanting documentary is a journey into history that celebrates life and the immortality of memories. North of Berlin's noisy city centre, surrounded by a jungle of trees and lush foliage, lies the peaceful and secluded 130-year-old Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe. Its one hundred acres holds 115,000 graves and a meticulous archive record. The cemetery has never closed, and was one of the few institutions to remain in Jewish hands during the Nazi regime. Award-winning director Britta Wauer's charming portrait creates a serene experience following a delightful array of characters from around the world: mourners, tourists, a young family residing at the cemetery, a third-generation gravedigger and an ornithologist studying rare birds of prey.ad feedback

 

Germany, 2011

German, English, Russian, Hebrew with English subtitles

90 minutes

Director: Britta Wauer

Print Source: 7th Art Releasing

 

AWARDS:

  • Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2011
  • Honourable Mention, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2011
  • Official Selection Hot Docs International Film Festival, 2011

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