Pizza In Auschwitz

Pizza In Auschwitz

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Documentary, 65 min/ 52 min, Israel, 2008

Danny Chanoch (74) is a Holocaust survivor. In his words, he has a BA (Bachelor of Auschwitz) and was fortunate enough to have his own personal physician growing up: Dr. Mengale. This tall impressive man, who never sheds a tear, and has succeeded in joining every possible delegation to Poland and the death camps, has failed to do one thing: convince his own children, Miri and Sagi, to visit the landscape of his own lost childhood with him. In six days and in one van, three family members and a film crew travel "that" Europe, traversing the terrain where Danny was forced to "camp" again and again. When they reach the "final destination" at Birkenau, Danny wants to fulfill a life-long fantasy: to spend the night in his old barracks, on his old bunk, with his own children. A bitter argument ensues with the camp officer, and only after waving an arm tattooed with a number in his face, does Danny get his way. Inside the camp, an awkward encounter takes place with a group of German youth making their own pilgrimage to the past. Around a slice of pizza, which Miri brings her father from the nearby town of Auschwitz, father and children have the inevitable blow-out filled with black humor and great pain.
PIZZA in AUSCHWITZ exposes the experiences of the children-of-survivors, those who are survivors themselves, albeit it of another kind. As Miri puts it in the film: "I guess there's no such a thing as a Holocaust survivor."

Languages Hebrew, English, Polish, Lithuanian
Subtitles English, Hebrew, French, Deutsch
World Sales Trabelsi Productions
Broadcasters Channel 8 Noga communication Israel, VPRO






Scriptwriter & Director Moshe Zimerman
Producers Osnat Trabelsi & Moshe Zimerman
Writing and Narration Miri Chanoch
Cinematography Avi Kener & Moshe Zimerman
Editing Director Tali Goldenberg
Editing Inbar Tavor
Music Ellyot
Sound design Jungle Sound

Press Festivals & Awards

Prize of the Youth Jury of the Filmschule- Doc Leipzig, Germany, 2008
Best of Fest- IDFA Netherlands, November 2008
The Golden Dragon prize- Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, Krakow, May 2009
Grand Prix "best full- meter documentary"- Berdyansk Film Festival, Berdyansk, Ukraine, August- September 2009

Doc Leipzig Germany, November 2008 - Prize of the Youth Jury of the Filmschule
IDFA Netherlands, November 2008 - Best of Fest
Doc Point Finland, Helsinki, January 2009
ZagrebDox Croatia, Zegreb, February 2009
One World- International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic Prague, March 2009
Bergamo Film Meeting Italy, Bergamo, March 2009
BAFICI- Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival Argentina, Buenos Aires, March 2009
OXDOX UK, Oxford, April 2009
Vision Du Reel Switzerland, Nyon, April 2009
Skopje Film Festival Skopje, Macedonia, April 2009
NodoDocFest Italy, Trieste, May 2009
Krakow International Film Festival Poland, Krakow, May 2009 - The Golden Dragon prize
IFFTAC- International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture India, Indore, June 2009
Moscow International Film Festival Moscow, Russia, June 2009
Sole Luna Palermo, Italy, July 2009
One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia, November 2009
Perspektive : International Human Rights Film Festival Nuremberg, Germany, September- October 2009
PRAVO LJUDSKI Human rights Film Festival, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 2009
Boston Jewish Film Festival Boston, U.S.A, November 2009
WATCH DOCS- Human rights in films FF Warsaw, Poland, December 2009
Berdyansk Film Festival, Berdyansk, Ukraine, August- September 2009 - Grand Prix "best full- meter documentary"
Flahertiana International documentary film festival Perm, Russia, October 2009
This human world Vienne, Austria, December 2009
MIDA Magnolia International Documentary Awards, Shanghai, China, June 2010
Lodz of Four Cultures Festival Lodz, Poland, September 2010
Kaunas International Film Festival Kaunas, Lithuania, October 2010

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The Jewish Chronicle
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
At the Boston Film Festival
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