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Jews In The News: Discussing Race

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz April 5, 2013 at 3:30PM

This story told by Director Phlippe Mora and musician Harald Grosskopf who met in Berlin in 2009 and, on discovering that their German fathers were on opposite sides in WW2 opens questions regarding the overall public silence of German society about the war period. Only after the youth rebellions, and the emergence of "counterculture" in 1968 did the subject become public and the subject of discussion.
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Philippe Mora and Harald Grosskopf.
Philippe Mora and Harald Grosskopf.


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 another's company. 

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.

German Sons


Genre Documentary
Year2010  
Director Philippe Mora
Screenplay Philippe Mora, Harald Grosskopf
Length88 min


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.

Philippe Mora 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).













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