#uploading_holocaust (Film)

Thousands of young Israelis join “The journey to Poland” each year to learn about the holocaust. Looking into the journey through the videos they upload on YouTube reviles a moving and troubling image of the Israeli narrative and the way collective memory is formed in the web age.

In the YouTube clips they create, students share private and moving moments of fear and despair – unmediated testimonies of themselves trying to make sense of the insane. Using these clips as raw material, we follow the journey to Poland from a variety of intimate points of view and explore how the personal becomes national, reality becomes cyber and history becomes myth.

Have a look at the web project: www.uploading-holocaust.com

News

  • 03/2017 - #uploading_holocaust at DocAviv Film Festival

    Our documentary is officially selected for the Israeli Film Festival Doc Aviv 2017! After the world premiere in Germany, the [...]

    Our documentary is officially selected for the Israeli Film Festival Doc Aviv 2017! After the world premiere in Germany, the film by Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein will be screened in the director's home country. #uploading_holocaust is the first documentary entirely composed of existing YouTube material, showing how young Israelis deal with the memory of the Holocaust in the digital age.

    The 19th edition of Docaviv - the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, will take place in Tel Aviv from 11-20 May 2017. Docaviv is the largest film festival in Tel Aviv and the only festival in Israel dedicated to documentary films.

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  • 03/2017 - #uploading_holocaust at 57th Krakow Film Festival

    Our German-Israeli co-production will have its international premiere at the 57th Krakow Film Festival! The documentary by Udi Nir und [...]

    Our German-Israeli co-production will have its international premiere at the 57th Krakow Film Festival! The documentary by Udi Nir und Sagi Bornstein was selected for the section for European films. The festival will take place from May 28 to June 4, 2017. #uploading_holocaust is composed entirely of existing Youtube material, filmed by Israeli students on their school trip that is known as "Journey to Poland". Looking into the journey through the videos they upload on YouTube reviles a moving and troubling image of the Israeli narrative and the way collective memory is formed in the web age.

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  • 03/2017 - #uploading_holocaust at Cleveland International Film Festival

    Our multimedia web project www.uploading-holocaust.com is officially selected for the interactive exhibition “Perspectives” at Cleveland International Film Festival! “Perspectives” is [...]

    Our multimedia web project www.uploading-holocaust.com is officially selected for the interactive exhibition "Perspectives" at Cleveland International Film Festival! "Perspectives" is CIFF’s exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. The prestigious  festival takes place from March 29 to April 9 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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    #uploading_holocaust (Web)


#uploading_holocaust (Film)

Every year, 25,000 Israeli high school students board a plane with their history teachers on a school trip to Poland, following the Jewish European history and commemorating the Holocaust. This trip is known in Israel as “The journey to Poland”.

7 days, 4 concentration camps, 3 mass graves, 2 ghettos, 14 memorial ceremonies, 200 teenagers in one hotel.
What starts as a personal quest on the trail of family history, gradually becomes a collective pilgrimage experience, offering its participants to reenact the loss, the suffering and the redemption of their ancestors.

As the last Holocaust survivors are dying, a new generation is eager to immortalize this collective trauma. Video sharing becomes a central tool in the commemoration efforts. Teenagers film every testimony, gas chamber and memorial ceremony. They edit and upload their versions of history on YouTube. They create cyber memorials of the holocaust on Minecraft. They carry the holocaust wherever they go, in real life or online, gradually focusing less on the torture stories and more on their own experience as the torch bearers.

In the YouTube clips they create, students share private and moving moments of fear and despair – unmediated testimonies of themselves trying to make sense of the insane. Using these clips as raw material, we follow the journey to Poland from a variety of intimate points of view and explore how the personal becomes national, reality becomes cyber and history becomes myth.

The interactive web-based project confronts German and Austrian teenagers of the same age with the experiences and perspectives of the Israeli students. In a questionnaire embedded in the video material, we ask the German-speaking students what “remembering” means to them 70 years after the Holocaust?

Directors: Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein
Editors: Sagi Bornstein, Gal Goffer
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Tanja Schmoller
Original music: Uri Agnon
Translation: CapNsub
Production Supervisor: Daniela Schöne, Boaz Doitch, Tali Doitch
Production Assistants: Meike Wenthe, Hannah Kappes, Sarah Stinshoff
Postproduction Supervisor: Alex Vukolov, Xavier Agudo
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Sound Editor: Nin Hazan
Sound Design and mix: Aviv Aldema
Music Recording and Mix: Uri Kalian
Color Design: Yoav Raz
Commissioning Editor Keshet: Adi Garti-Naar, Noa Karvat-Dicfeld
Commissioning Editor BR: Thomas Sessner, Petra Felber, Fatima Abdollahyan, Christiane Miethge, Andreas Poll
Commissioning Editor ORF: Martin Traxl, Sharon Nuni, Siegfried Steinlechner
Commissioning Editor rbb: Franziska Schulz
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz, Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein

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    03 November 2016 at 10:00 am

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    Cinestar 6 - Screening at DOK Leipzig
    05 November 2016 at 1:30 pm

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    BR
    08 November 2016 at 10:30 pm

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    ORF
    13 November 2016 at 11:15 pm

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    Berlin-Premiere at Babylon Cinema - Berlin
    28 November 2016 at 12:00 am

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    24 January 2017 at 11:15 pm

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    ARD alpha
    27 January 2017 at 9:00 pm

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    3Sat
    07 February 2017 at 11:10 pm

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    NS-Dokumentationszentrum - München
    23 February 2017 at 7:00 pm

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    NS Dokumentationszentrum - DOK.Fest München
    05 May 2017 at 7:00 pm

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    DocAviv IFF - Tel Aviv
    11 May 2017 – 20 May 2017

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    Krakow Film Festival - Poland
    28 May 2017 – 04 June 2017

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    Jewish Week - Cinémathèque Leipzig
    18 June 2017 at 7:30 pm

  • POV Magazine – 04.01.17

    "If you only watch one film this year about Holocaust education, make it this one, and catch a glimpse of the challenges of present and future Jewish commemoration through the eyes of the fourth generation of survivors."

  • i24 news – 22.11.16

    "The most important debate the film evokes revolves around the emotional burden put on the young students during the journey, wondering whether the attempt to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive simply goes too far."

  • Spitz Magazin – Nov 2016

    "A powerful punch in the stomach of what Bornstein and Nir call the 'Industrialisation of Holocaust remembrance'".