Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Showing at 04:15PM on Sunday, April 10, 2005
More Competition Films, Documentaries
Sunday, April 10 at 4:15pm at Enzian Theater
Preceded and followed by wine tastings from STERLING VINEYARDS at 3:45pm and 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 13 at 6:45pm at Regal Winter Park Village
USA, 2005, 60 MIN
DIRECTED BY BOB HERCULES AND CHERI PUGH
When Eva Mozes Kor decides to forgive her Nazi torturers, she provokes anger and confusion among her fellow Holocaust survivors and gives us the chance to question whether there are any human acts so heinous that they are unforgivable. Could you forgive your worst enemy if it released you from your past trauma? Like many identical twins, Eva and her sister Miriam experienced horrors beyond imagining at the hands of Auschwitz doctor-cum-sadist Josef Mengele that have haunted them their entire lives. Now Eva faces withering criticism and must defend her belief that forgiveness is the only path to salvation and personal peace. From Poland to Palestine, we follow her metamorphosis from an embittered survivor to a tireless advocate for reconciliation who attracts both converts and catcalls. FORGIVING DR. MENGELE concludes with a traumatic event that underscores how the past becomes prologue. Eva's story is, by turns, brave, sad, solitary, and inspiring.
SISTER ROSE'S PASSION
USA, 2004, 39 MIN
DIRECTED BY OREN JACOBY
Who says the Jews killed Jesus? In this corner, find Sister Rose Thering, an 85-year-old woman driven by an unswerving, and sometimes unpopular, belief that anti-Semitism is flat-out wrong, regardless of any religious or historical justifications. Her energy and message are especially relevant given the controversy over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. 2005 Academy Award Nominee–Best Documentary Short.