The House on Wannsee Street


Part of our A Summer of Film Series, presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Award at 2020 Miami Jewish Film Festival!

THE HOUSE ON WANNSEE STREET tells the story of film director Poli, who lives in Buenos Aires. Her son decides to take his Bar Mitzvah, in spite of the fact that Poli has no religious traditions, though she does know her mother is of Jewish origin. Poli digs deep into her family’s history, asking herself why she was not raised as a Jew. She searches in family albums and 8mm movies, and finds turn-of-the-century images of her great grandfather Otto, a lay Jewish German philosopher persecuted by the Nazi. The family is forced to leave their house in Berlin because of Nazi persecution. They first move to Egypt, then Switzerland and finally Argentina, where they need to get Church papers to enter the country, since after Second World War Jewish were not accepted as immigrants. Poli investigates how her mother and her two aunts live in the present this story of exile, where the Jewish and German identity is marked by exile. Eighty years later, Poli returns to Germany to her grandmother’s house on Wannsee Street, a few meters from where the Final Solution was decreed for all Jews in Europe.

English and Spanish with English Subtitles

70 minutes. Documentary. NR.

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