April 11th, 2012 (New York, NY) – Film Movement, the North American film distribution company that brings award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the U.S. and Canada, announced today their acquisition of HITLER’S CHILDREN, a powerful and mesmerizing documentary about the descendants of the top Nazi officials, and their daily struggle to move forward and away from the horror in their past. The film will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q3 of 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.
Synopsis of HITLER’S CHILDREN:
Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Adolf Eichmann, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank, to name a few? What is it like for the descendants of these top Nazi officials to deal with the legacy left behind by their notorious families? HITLER’S CHILDREN introduces us to the children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of these infamous men. Among them Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father’s past so much that he has spent his entire adult life researching and writing negatively about him, often touring around Germany to lecture against his father and the Nazi regime. And Bettina Göring, the great-niece of Hitler’s second in command, Hermann Göring, who lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe, NM and together with her brother decided to get sterilized so as to not pass on the Göring name or blood.
These, and many others, discuss how they have coped with the fact that their last name alone immediately raises images of murder and genocide; and how they have reached a balance between the natural admiration and affection children feel towards their parents, and their innate revulsion of their crimes. Some have been more successful than others at achieving that balance, but each bares, for the first time, the scars that their legacy has left them.
Accolades for HITLER’S CHILDREN:
“An original and fascinating creation.” – Tomer Pratt, City Mouse (Tel Aviv)
Acclaim for HITLER’S CHILDREN:
Official Selection – Thessaloniki Documentary FF
Official Selection – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Official Selection – One World Film Festival 2012 (Prague)
The acquisition of HITLER’S CHILDREN was negotiated by President Adley Gartenstein and VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget from Film Movement, and Cinephil’s Managing Director Philippa Kowarsky on behalf of the filmmakers.
“This film is important, and powerful, and emotional on so many levels. It makes you question the idea of inherited guilt and responsibility, and the power of history on the individual’s psyche. We are hoping it will be seen by millions of people in North America, and open up dialog and discussion on the effects of the Holocaust on not just the victims’ but the perpetrators’ descendants.” says Film Movement’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget.”