Tacheles -The Heart of the Matter


May 19, 2021May 27, 2021
9:00 AM11:59 PM /
New York
Watch the film at your own pace May 19-27 on our film streaming platform
May 22, 2021
2:00 PM /
New York
RSVP using the "take part" button below to join the live Q&A with filmmakers Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm, film participant Yaar, and Wenzel Michalski, Germany Director at Human Rights Watch.
QA Session with the Filmmaker

Three generations removed from the Holocaust, Yaar is a young Jewish Berliner desperate to leave the past behind him. Along with his friend Marcel, they develop a computer game set in 1940s Germany featuring a young Jewish girl based on Yaar’s grandmother Rina, and an SS officer inspired by Marcel’s ancestor, in which Jews can defend themselves and Nazis can act humanely. Yaar’s father is shocked, and the work opens up old family wounds. Thus begins a painful confrontation with history that will forever change Yaar’s relationships with his father and his friend: the grandchildren of victims and perpetrators. As the game ceases to be a game, Tacheles – The Heart of the Matter explores with growing self-awareness how trauma of survivors is inherited, and asks the burning question from the perspective of a 21-year-old: what does the Holocaust have to do with me?

Tacheles is a very important film. It shows how crimes and injustice can ruin the lives not merely of the survivors but also of the following generations decades after they took place.” - Wenzel Michalski, Germany director, Human Rights Watch

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Saturday, May 22
12:20 PM EDT / 9:20 AM PDT – Start film
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A. Register here!


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Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm
Country of Production: 
German, Hebrew, English with English and German subtitles
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Jana Matthes & Andrea Schramm

Jana Matthes and Andrea Schramm work as directors and producers for arte, 3sat, ARD and ZDF. After having studied journalism in Leipzig and directing in Potsdam-Babelsberg they founded SCHRAMM MATTHES FILM. They portray complex political and social developments in radically personal stories. Many of their films have been screened on international festivals and won prizes, such as the ‘DEUTSCHER FERNSEHPREIS’ (‘German Television Award’) and the Discovery Channel Award.

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