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The House On August Street” is the untold story of the filmmaker’s legendary aunt Beate Berger, and the Children’s home she founded in 1922 in Berlin for Jewish children in need.
It is the story of her courageous decision at the early 30’s to save “her” children from Nazi Germany, and the unique rescue operation she initiated and carried out, taking them out of Germany and bringing them to a new “Ahawah” home she built in Israel. It’s a film about memory, hope and about a woman who understood reality around her like very few did at the time.

Running Time: 63 min.
Subject(s): Children, European History, History, Holocaust, Immigration and Migration, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jewish Studies, Personal Story, War, Women, Youth
Language(s): German, Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky
Cinematographer: Shai Levy, Dudu Itzhaki
Editor(s): Einat Glaser - Zarhin
Production Company: Eden Productions

Press

  • PRIX CIRCOM 2008 Jury report
    It is a fantastic story with a very good archive material, wonderful dramatized parts and current filming of some of the children who were saved by the Heroine Beate Berger.
    It all creates a mix of emotions, compassion and humor in a documentary.
  • Haifa international film festival 2007, jury's statement
    This valuable historical document tells with great expertise and effectiveness the moving story of the children of Beith Ahawah in Berlin and the way they were brought to Israel. The director has made excellent use of varied cinematic tools to create a work which is important, artistically satisfying and engrossing.
  • Yehuda Stav, Yediot Aharonot, Israel
    Immeasurable love and emotion, without a drop of sentimentality nor nostalgic schmaltz. A meticulously forged work of cinema, both modest and humble, moving and inspiring.
  • Noam Buxbaum, Ha'aretz Online, Israel
    A stirring, unique compilation of human portraits that portrays the painful past, in the present.
  • Yael Shuv, Time Out, Israel
    Exceptionally moving
  • Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
    Breathtaking moments for actor Naomi Krauss as Beate Berger. With chilling clarity and without the slightest hint of misrepresentation, she shares with the viewer the process whereby she realized that Germany is no longer a place for Jewish children.
  • Berliner Zeitung
    A most impressive way to exhibit the prevailing ambiance in Germany at the rise of the Nazis… Extremely convincing dramatic moments are created through the imaginary dialogue between the director and her great aunt.

Festival Participation

  • Haifa International Film Festival - 2007
    • Second Prize for Best Documentary
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2007
  • Doc Leipzig- International Leipzig Festival for Documentary & Animated Film - 2007
  • "Saviors on the Screen" - JCC Manhattan FF - 2007
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2008
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival - 2008
  • 5th International Film Festival Jewish Motifs - 2008
  • LA Jewish Film Festival - 2008
  • "CIRCOM REGIONAL", European Association of Regional Television - 2008
    The Grand Prix Award for Best Documentary
  • San Joaquin Film Festival - 2008
  • Israeli Film Academy Awards - 2008
    Nominee- Best Documentary Film
  • Ischia Film Festival - 2008
  • Gandhi Panorama (International Festival of Films on Gandhiji and his principles) - 2008
  • CAMERA OBSCURA Les Affaires Internationales - 2008
  • PLATFORMA VIDEO8 - 2008
  • RKF Film Festival; Rome-Milan-Trieste - 2008
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2008
  • Isratim - Israeli Film Festival - 2008
  • Tucson Jewish Film Festival - 2009
  • Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2009
  • Jewish Museum of New York - 2009
  • Flying Broom International Women's FF - 2009
  • FICJA, 7th International Jewish Film Festival - Argentina - 2009

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