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Dear Fredy

Rubi Gat 2017

Fredy Hirsch was a proud Jew and openly gay man born in Germany. At 19, after the Nuremberg Laws, he fled to the Nazi-conquered Czech Republic. There, he became a beloved sports teacher in a Jewish youth club. In Ghetto Terezin, Fredy headed the youth department, overseeing over 4,000 youth. In Auschwitz, he persuaded Mengele to set up a daycare, giving 600 children their final moments of happiness. Despite Auschwitz’s horrors, Fredy experienced acceptance, had a lover, and was admired for his goodness. He planned a revolt with the underground, but it never happened due to his mysterious death. This film, blending interviews, archives, and animation, seeks to uncover the mystery and honors Fredy’s legacy in gay history.

Festival Participation

  • Warsaw Poland LGBT Film Festival
  • Cheres-Cheries LGBT Film Festival Paris France
  • Austin Gay Lesbian International Film Festival
  • Fairy Tales LGBT Film Festival Calgary Canada
  • Leeds Queer Film Festival Leeds UK
  • Esslingen LGBT FF Germany
  • Pink Apple LGBT FF Zurich Switzerland
  • Grenoble LGBT FF France
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  • Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2019
  • Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  • Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  • BFI Flare-London LGBT Film Festival - 2018
  • Lovers Film Festival-Turin LGBTQI Visions - 2018
  • Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival - 2018
    Houston Film Critics Society Award Grand Jury Prize
  • UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  • Cinema Museum in Lodz - Documentary Film Festival - 2018
  • New-York Jewish Film Festival - 2019

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