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Southeast US Premiere

The Lesson

Directed by Elena Horn

Germany | 72 minutes | 2020

German with English subtitles

At age 14, every child attending school in Germany is brought face to face with the nation’s past. For many, this means confronting the reality of the Holocaust for the very first time. The Lesson explores how new generations in Germany grapple with this tragic history, following a group of children coming of age in the town of Fröndenberg. Director Elena Horn traces the educational journey of four students over the course of five years. From the first uneasy discussions in the classroom, to an emotional visit to the nearby Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the students are introduced to the atrocities committed in their own community. The experiences of these children highlight the fractured and disparate memory of Nazism in Germany, and brings a timely call for better education on the topic. The film also sheds light on the powerful truth that “Mitlaufer” or “bystanders” enabled the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. This haunting societal study exposes how easily far-right movements can grip society, and how the ghosts of Germany’s dark past still linger. The Lesson is timely, essential viewing amidst the resurgence of xenophobia and antisemitism.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Elena Horn, executive producer Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and moderator Carly Orshan, director of the March of the Living. To view the conversation please click here.

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Elena Horn is a young German filmmaker who started her career as a media psychologist researching the framing effects in the news coverage of the Iraq War in the US, Britain, and Sweden. Today she is working as a story producer for ZDF, WDR, SKY, and SPIEGEL TV Wissen.
Director Elena Horn
Countries of Production Germany
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) German with English subtitles
Premiere Status Southeast US Premiere
Runtime 72 minutes
Principal Cast Lilly, Alex, Nele M, Lee, Reinhold Korinth, Oliver Heller

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