FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Jerusalem Film Festival - Van Leer Documentary Award and the Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award
- Sundance Film Festival - Best Editing Award
- Silverdocs Festival - WGA Documentary Screenplay Award
- Berlin Film Festival
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- Hot Docs 2010 - Best International Feature Award
- Planete Doc Review
- Melbourne International Film Festival
Ironically after the war, filmmakers and museums seeking to show "what really happened" used fragments of this film as credible evidence. Although the cinematic deception was forgotten, the black and white images remained engraved in memory as historical truth.
The soundtrack of A Film Unfinished is composed of commentaries given by eye witnesses who saw the filming taking place and from passgaes that were written in secret diaries by Jewish inhabitants of the ghetto. There are also weekly reports of the SS Komissar and excerpts from the interrogation of one of the cameramen. These testimonies reveal the cynical filming methods and change our perception of these scenes, forcing us to think twice before mindlessly adopting the illustrations provided by archival footage.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times (Critic's Pick)
'GRADE: A' "A profound and vital documentary."
Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A subdued aural-visual symphony. A brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness."
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York (Critic's Pick)
"A unique cinematic experience. There's no doubting the profound depths of Hersonski's research, and her brilliant capacity to assemble this material into a coherent narrative."
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Watching this film is like seeing a strong detective story, with the sleuth pointing out the clues along the way."
Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
"A doc you shouldn't miss."
'FIVE STARS.' "Remarkable. Both harrowing and fascinating at the same time. What you see stimulates contemplation about how we filter memories of painful historic events and how the truth about heinous human behavior must be fully disclosed. Hersonski proceeds in a cool, clear and convincing way to unfold the facts, making her truly revelatory documentary all the more important and compelling."
Jennifer Merin, About.com
Howard Feinstein, Screen Daily
"Proves that powerful truths can be found even within a compromised context."
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A ghostly, gripping documentary. A kind of historical detective story."
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Harrowing. A historically invaluable doc."
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter "Remarkable."
Chris Chang, Film Comment
"Fascinating. Astonishing. Striking."
Stephen Witty, Newark Star Ledger
Lou Lumenick, New York Post