Attending this event

Ruth Beckermann

Ruth Beckermann is a writer and filmmaker. She was born and raised in Vienna, where she also studied before moving to Tel Aviv and New York. She co-founded the distribution company Filmladen in 1978. Her film The Dreamed Ones was selected for many international festivals and won several awards.

Janet Wolff

Janet Wolff is Professor Emerita at the University of Manchester. She is a sociologist and art historian, and has taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Rochester (New York) and Columbia University. She has published a number of books on aesthetics and the sociology of art. In her most recent book, Austerity Baby (published by Manchester University Press) she has turned from academic to more personal writing, combining memoir, family history and accounts of other lives and events. Central to the book is the experience of her father and his family in Germany in the 1930s.

Films screening at this event

The Waldheim Waltz

original title
Waldheims Walzer
Ruth Beckermann
94 min

Shocking allegations about his Nazi past did not prevent Kurt Waldheim, former UN Secretary General, from comfortably winning the 1986 Austrian presidential elections. Director Ruth Beckermann brings together private and public film footage from the 70s and 80s, which provides a disturbing exploration of one of Europe’s key political figures of the post-war period. Most of all they reveal a country in fierce denial about its past, determined to hold on to its self-perception as a victim of the war. A must-see for this year’s festival.

Winner – Berlin International Film Festival

Winner – Docaviv Film Festival 

Nominated – Sheffield International Documentary Festival

“A timely and engagingly personal reminder of recent European history (…) with an appealing undertow of dry humor and some cautionary lessons for modern voters.” The Hollywood Reporter