Three Documentary Shorts

  1. The film is about G. a grandchild who gradually discovers details about her grandmother in Theresienstadt and her death in Treblinka - a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during WW2.
    The film was edited by Teodora S Vlad - a brilliant young Romanian art student who graduated with a 1st class honors d and into a filmegree in Film and Television from Edinburgh University College of Art in 2011.
    This film is the first in what became a trilogy of short film documentaries, which focus on the impact of war and politics on one family as presented by G. the grandchild. The trilogy comprises ZyclonB Crystals, My Austrian Jewish Mother Documentary and My Jewish Polish Father Documentary.
    The story behind making the film began with a casual conversation between Gaby, Judy and myself in the Filmhouse bar Edinburgh during the Edinburgh 2009 Film Festival. Gaby had already planned visiting Vienna to find out about the history of her maternal grandmother. I was looking to make a first film and Judy agreed to be the producer. We formed a small group and I went to Vienna with my new HDV video camera. I booked a place on a short film-making course in Edinburgh and Judy 'found' an Edinburgh Art College student who was interested in our project. All of the course tutors and our art student subsequently aided in getting the 'Vienna footage' edited and transformed into a short film. The ZyclonB Crystals film would never have happened without the amazing and patient assistance of Andrew Macdonald (course tutor) and Teo Vlad (Art College student). All credits are found at the end of ZyclonB Crystals. The remaining Vienna footage subsequently formed the basis of the next two films entitled My Austrian Jewish Mother Documentary and My Polish Jewish Father Documentary which I edited myself as I continued to learn and edit using Final Cut Pro 7.

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  2. The film presents the exploration of a woman (b.1944) of the generational loss of family, country and the actions of the state suffered by her exiled Austrian Jewish mother in Britain 1938-1969. The three sisters portrayed in the film escaped 'The Night of Broken Glass' in Vienna on 9-10 November 1938 arriving in Britain on the 8 December 1938. The rest of their family, family home, shoe-business and/or associated properties were never seen again.
    The film is the last in a trilogy of short film documentaries, which focus on the impact of war and politics on one family as presented by G. the grandchild. The trilogy comprises ZyclonB Crystals, My Incredible Jewish Mother Documentary and My Jewish Polish Father Documentary.
    The story behind making this film is referenced in ZyclonB Crystals Vimeo description. This film was edited by myself as I learned and experimented with Final Cut Pro 7.

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  3. G. lost contact with her father in 1969 when her mother died leaving letters and documents containing previously unknown and disturbing information about her father. The film depicts G. forty years later when she sets out to 'rediscover' the father of her childhood.
    This film is the last in a trilogy of short film documentaries, which focus on the impact of war and politics on one family as presented by G. the grandchild. The trilogy comprises ZyclonB Crystals, My Incredible Jewish Mother Documentary and My Jewish Polish Father Documentary.
    The story behind this film is referenced in ZyclonB Crystals Vimeo description. The footage used in this film was 'left over' from ZyclonB Crystals and was edited by myself as I learned and experimented with Final Cut Pro 7.

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Three Documentary Shorts

Susan Mary Davidson

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