Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to the Downton Abbey helmer’s What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, the docu that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (under the title A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did). Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically on November 6, with a digital release to follow.
A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, What Our Fathers Did explores the relationship between two men, both the children of high-ranking Nazi officials. They possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two and delves into the story of his grandfather, who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.
“This is both an intensely personal story for me as well as one with contemporary and universal relevance as anti-Semitism spreads across Europe and the wounds created in Ukraine during WWII can still be felt today,” said writer-presenter Sands. “I am thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope, the perfect team for this documentary feature.”
The film was produced by Oscar-nominated producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey through their company Wildgaze Films. Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.