"Nontraditional in form, this documentary follows the life
of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal from his student days in Galicia,
Eastern Europe, through the dark era of the Holocaust when he
was imprisoned in a Nazi death camp for being Jewish, to the post-war
period when he reached worldwide fame for his investigations of
Nazi war criminals.
Through Wiesenthal's story, we see that one man can make a difference."
--The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
+HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, New York, Los
+DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
+SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
+JEWISH FILM WEEK, LOS ANGELES
+MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (INDIA)
+ALPINALE, Bludenz, Austria
+FT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Florida
+KIND OF BLUE - JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL, Milano, Italy
denies the crimes and the genocide of the past paves the
way for the murders of the future."
This philosophy has been the basis for the life of the remarkable
man who is the subject of this powerful documentary. Simon Wiesenthal,
a survivor of the Holocaust, has dedicated his life to bringing
to light the crimes of the Nazi regime, and bringing to justice
the individuals who committed 'crimes against humanity' under
that regime. The filmmakers chose their subject as a result of
the recent rise of right-wing extremism in Europe. They felt that
had Wiesenthal's example been given greater exposure, this phenomenon
might have been avoided. They were given unprecedented access
to this pioneer of the human rights movement, despite his hectic
schedule, and spent two years making this film biography, as they
travelled with him to nine different countries.
The film traces Wiesenthal's life from his childhood in Galicia
through his ordeal in concentration camps to his postwar dedication
to keeping alive the memory of those who did not survive the genocide.
Wiesenthal's colleagues, friends - and enemies - offer insights
in numerous interviews, which are mixed with innovative visual
and aural documentary techniques. In a world in which, 50 years
after World War II and the Holocaust, 'ethnic cleansing' in Bosnia
and genocides in Rwanda can still occur, this is a work of profound
importance and relevance, as well as a loving tribute to an extraordinary
--18th Denver International Film Festival
|Certificate of Participation
"4th Mumbai International Film Festival 1996"