The Waldheim Waltz

 

Austria, 2018

Director: Ruth Beckermann

German, French and English with English subtitles

Documentary

91 minutes

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm

 

In this fascinating film about truth, lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power, Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. The film shows the swift succession of allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, and the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally lead to Waldheim’s election. Created from international archive material and footage Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history is destined to repeat itself, time and time again.

 

Short film:  The Driver is Red

 

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