Reckonings

RECKONINGS
(76 min) Australia/Germany/Israel/Luxembourg/Netherlands/Poland/US



Director: Roberta Grossman
Producers: Roberta Grossman, July Hodara, Karen Heilig

Description:

They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable – compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide the world had ever known. Holocaust survivors were in urgent need of help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction of a people and atrocities suffered by millions? Reckonings explores this fascinating true story set in the aftermath of the Holocaust and leading to the groundbreaking Luxembourg Agreements of 1952. This is the first documentary to chronicle the harrowing process of negotiating German reparations for the Jewish people. It takes viewers from the halls of power in Bonn, West Germany, where fierce debate raged over how to pay wartime debts, to the streets of Jerusalem, where horror about any talks with Germany led to violent protests. It profiles Jewish and German leaders who risked their lives to negotiate the impossible.

Biographies:

Roberta Grossman, an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Some of her films include Who Will Write Our History about Emanuel Ringelblum and the secret archive of the Warsaw Ghetto; Seeing Allred, about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred; Above and Beyond, about the American–Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the 1948 War; Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning; and On the Map. Grossman was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her film, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on PBS.

July Hodara is a film producer and storyteller who joined Katahdin Productions in 2011. The first film she produced and directed was Hidden, an American adaptation of French documentary Les Enfants Cachés, about Jewish children who survived WWII in hiding. July’s first project at Katahdin Productions was Hava Nagila. She stayed on to associate produce Above and Beyond with producer Nancy Spielberg, On The Map with director Dani Menkin, and Netflix Original selection Seeing Allred. In 2019, she co-produced Who Will Write Our History. July founded New Moons Productions, a media company through which she develops various projects, with a particular interest for women’s stories.

Karen Heilig serves as the assistant executive vice president of the Claims Conference. Since 1999, she has participated in negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German and Austrian governments, as well as negotiations on unpaid Holocaust-era insurance policies. She broke ground as the first female representative for the Claims Conference in negotiations. Understanding 70 years of compensation agreements from a personal, legal, and historical perspective and having interacted with those who negotiated the Luxembourg Agreements, Karen was uniquely positioned to help bring this important film to life.

Contact Information:

w: http://reckoningsfilm.org
e: hadar@go2films.com



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- THE 3 CRICKETEERS
- 12TH HOUR
- AGUAN-SUN BEHIND THE HORIZON
- ALLERGY ALERT: PARANOIA IN OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- THE AMERICAN DREAM AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
- AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL
- ANGOLA DO YOU HEAR US? VOICES FROM A PLANTATION PRISON
- APART
- THE ASSASSINATION OF ANNA. CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
- ATTICA
- BLURRING THE COLOR LINE
- BREE WAYY: PROMISE, WITNESS, REMEMBRANCE
- BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY
- THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURES
- CODED BIAS
- COEXIST
- COVID CENTURY
- THE CREATIVE HIGH
- CROSSINGS
- A DECENT HOME
- ENDURING DEMOCRACY: THE MONTEREY PETITION
- FAIR PLAY
- FLY SO FAR
- FOG
- FOR THE BEES
- THE GHOSTS OF THE MOUNTAINS
- HUMAN KIND
- IMAGINING THE INDIAN
- THE JANES
- KICKING BALLS
- THE LONG BREAKUP
- MALDITA. A LOVE SONG TO SARAJEVO
- THE MISSION
- NEVER AGAIN PARA NADIE
- ORCHESTRATING CHANGE
- PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST
- THE POWER OF ACTIVISM
- THE PRICE OF CONFLICT
- RECKONINGS
- REFUGE
- REPAIRING THE WORLD: STORIES FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
- THE RESTLESS HUNGARIAN
- RICOCHET
- RUSSIA VS. RUSSIA
- SACRILEGE: THE UNHOLY RADICALIZATION OF EUROPE
- SANCTUARY
- THE SANCTUARY
- SAVING MINDS
- SENTINELS
- SIGN THE SHOW
- SILENT PANDEMIC - THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
- THE SPACE BETWEEN US
- STREET REPORTER
- SURVIVING THE SILENCE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF TWO WOMEN IN LOVE WHO HELPED CHANGE MILITARY POLICY
- THIS ADVENTURE CALLED CALIFORNIA
- UNCONFINED
- UNGUARDED
- US KIDS
- WHEN I GET GROWN - REFLECTIONS OF A FREEDOM RIDER
- WRITING WITH FIRE