KZ offers a dramatically different and startlingly powerful exploration of a difficult and oft-explored subject, and is at once a timeless and contemporary film.
On the banks of the River Danube, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Upper Austria, lies the picturesque town of Mauthausen. Against the backdrop of the woods and water, ‘Oompah’ bands play in traditional Austrian pubs, the obligatory fast-food restaurants serve the towns’ residents, and Mauthausens go about their daily lives. Two kilometres from the town centre busloads of tourists, parties of schoolchildren, bikers and people from all over the world gather every day. This is a place where thousands upon thousands of people from over thirty nations were tortured and murdered. This is the site of a former KZ (short for concentration camp in German). KZ reveals the lasting legacy and impact of the Holocaust on individuals of all generations, nationalities and religions, through its unflinching depiction of this small Austrian town and its past.