Deutsche Version

Me'kivun ha'yaar

English title: Out of the Forest
German title: Stimmen aus dem Wald
Series title: Asynchron. Dokumentar- und Experimentalfilme zum Holocaust ( )
Director: Limor Pinhasov    → show biography   
Director: Yaron Kaftori    → show biography   
Country: Israel
Year: 2003
Synopsis: "Friday July 11, 1941, the weather is nice with some warm wind blowing. Only a few clouds are in the sky. Shots were heard coming out of the forest.” These are the opening words in the diary of Kazimierz Sakowicz, a Pole living in Ponar, a village about 10 km west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. From 1941 until 1944, more than 100,000 people, most of them Jews, were killed in Ponar. Sakowicz hears the shots and understands that something strange is going on in the vicinity. He decides to secretly write down what he hears and sees. Altogether he documents 835 days of the genocide. Through the guidance of Sakowicz’s diary, Out of the Forest tells the story of the people who lived in the backyard of a mass murder site: the story of the girl who herded her cows on the open grave; the story of the woman who was forced to cook for the murderers; of the man who sold clothing of the dead; and of the woman who refused to open the door to a fugitive who just minutes before had barely escaped execution. It is also a story about neighbours and community in the hardest of times; the story of how different communities – Poles, Lithuanians, and Jews – see the same horrifying events totally differently, and how 60 years later, each community refuses to take any responsibility for its actions and puts all the responsibility on others. The film is built as a collage, using the accounts of locals, the testimonies of victims who miraculously escaped death at Ponar, the written diary, and images of Ponar today. There is no archival footage, nor images of corpses or blood, but rather sensitive questioning and a discreet camera that succeed in penetrating the superficially quiet surface of the village.
Language: Russian, Polish, Lithuanian
Forum participation year: 2004, 2015
Forum catalogue PDF: Download

Technical Attributes

Format: DCP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Resolution: 1998x1080
Size: 145 GiB
Container: DCP-Interop
Codec: JPEG2000 HC-SUB
Running time (minutes): 91
Color: color
Sound: PCM 5.1
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Frames per second: 25
Number of reels: 1