Deutsche Version

Voices from the Attic

German title: Stimmen vom Dachboden
Series title: Asynchron. Dokumentar- und Experimentalfilme zum Holocaust ( )
Director: Debbie Goodstein    → show biography   
Country: USA
Year: 1988
Synopsis: A moving personal document of Holocaust remembrace from a second-generation American perspective. Filmmaker Debbie Goodstein travelled to Poland to explore the ordeal her mother and sixteen family members experienced when hiding in the attic of a peasant's home for two years during the Second World War. Though long a family secret, this grueling experience had continued to reverberate through the lives of those who survived it and was unconsciously passed on to the their offspring as well. Accompanied by her Aunt Sally Frishberg, who was one of the sixteen, and five of her cousins, Goodstein recorded this haunting, and ultimately liberating, voyage of discovery. Goodstein and her relatives visit the site of their hiding and talk to people who knew them and remember the war. The interviews and conversations are supplemented by archival footage, which shows what the town, or one very much like it, must have been like during those dark days. Perhaps most revealing, Aunt Sally shares her own often painful memories, providing a thoughtful and moving first-person account of the family's experiences. With its highly personal style and its exploration of the sometimes unconscious effects of the Holocaust on the next generation, Voices from the Attic is a unique and deeply affecting document that allows its audience to explore an overwhelming subject in an intimate and complexly meaningful way. (directcinemalimited.com)
Language: English
Forum participation year: 1989
Forum catalogue PDF: Download

Technical Attributes

Format: 16mm
Rental status: rental upon request
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 60
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,37
Length in metres: 648
Weight: 3
Number of reels: 1