This story told by Director Phlippe Mora is strangely like The
Flat in that two people on the opposite
sides of a racial divide are still able to find pleasure in one
Philippe Mora and musician Harald Grosskopf met in Berlin in
2009, discovering that their German fathers were on opposite sides in
WW2. This finished documentary is now available on Amazon Instant Video.
For Mora and Grosskopf the most interesting question is the analysis of
the overall public silence of German society about the war period. Only
after the youth rebellions, and “counterculture” of 1968 did the subject
become public and the subject of discussion.
Can two men from widely differing backgrounds, who would be regarded
as sworn enemies, find a way towards a reconciliation? Both Harald
Grosskopf and Philippe Mora were born in Germany, Harald the son of
a soldier who was a member of the Nazi Party, while Philippe is the son
of a Jewish artistic family. They both met in Berlin in 2009, and Philippe
immediately decided to make a documentary about this encounter, and
their reflections on their incredibly disparate upbringing.
Highly-regarded international filmmaker Mora uses a great deal of research,
archival footage, interviews, split screen observations of contemporary
Berlin, and rare photographs to weave a portrait of two people impacted
by the Hitler years. The men find a way to explore and repudiate the past,
whilst finding artistic expression in their own lives to deal with.
This is personal documentary filmmaking at the highest level, replete with
insightful observations and rare footage of key locations in Berlin.
was born in Paris in 1949 but moved to Melbourne with his parents in
1951. As a young man he went to London and became a successful artist.
Trouble in Molopolis (1969) was one of his first movies and many more
should follow including documentaries, dramas, science fiction and
historical films. A selection of his work includes Brother Can You Spare
a Dime (1975) and Mad Dog (1976).