SYNOPSIS: Thisenchanting 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
German, English, Russian, Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Britta Wauer
Print Source: 7th Art Releasing
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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