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A film unfinished
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Call NumberVideos F
Dates2010; ©2010
Statement of ResponsibilityOscilloscope Laboratories and Belfilms Ltd. present ; produced by Itay Ken-Tor, Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski.
Creators & ContributorsHersonski, Yael (director)
Ken Tor, Itay (producer)
Schory, Noemi (producer)
Hersonski, Yael (author)
Kenan, Rona (narrator)
Oscilloscope Laboratories (contributor)
Belfilms (contributor)
SummaryAt the end of the Second World War, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites. Included is an interview, and more.; Death Mills: "Directed by...Billy Wilder for the U.S. War Department in 1945, [this film] was originally intended for screening in occupied Germany and Austria and featured a German language soundtrack...[T]he first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder." -- Onscreen menu.
  • Lost history 
  • Jewish Council 
  • "I might see my mother" 
  • Flowers, furniture, teapot 
  • Auerswald's reports 
  • Willy Wist, cameraman 
  • Garbage and lipstick 
  • Waiting to die 
  • Smuggling 
  • Underground Jewish archive 
  • Surprising discovery 
  • Dinner and theater 
  • "A Jew film" 
  • Death 
  • Ghetto in color 
  • "Today I can cry" 
  • Faces
Physical Description 1 videodisc (91 minutes) : sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 inches
Carrier Typevideodisc (DVD)
LanguageEnglish, German, Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, Optional subtitles in English.
Publisher[Brooklyn] : Oscilloscope Laboratories
DistributorIsrael : Cinephil Distribution & Coproduction
  • Special features include: Death mills : a documentary of the liberation of concentration camps (21 minutes), interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood, scholar Michael Berenbaum on "A film unfinished," study guide;
  • Director of photography, Itai Neeman ; editor, Joëlle Alexis ; music, Ishai Adar.; Witnesses, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser, Jurek (David) Plonski, Aliza Vitis-Shomron, Shula Zeder ; narration read by Rona Kenan;
  • World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, Sundance Film Festival ; Best International Feature, Hot Docs Film Festival ; Documentary Screenplay Award, AFI/Silverdocs Film Festival



Hersonski, Yael (director)

Ken Tor, Itay (producer)

Schory, Noemi (producer)

Kenan, Rona (narrator)


Belfilms (contributor)