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Imaginary Witness (FT)


Told through first-hand accounts of directors, actors, writers, and producers this documentary asks hard questions about the uneasy relationship between American popular culture and the Holocaust.

We find out about the difficulties and responsibility of filmmakers as they re-imagine for the screen the horrors of Nazi Germany and how film itself has the power to shape and reflect history and memory.


  • Film Threat
    “Deserves merit for detailing a painful subject with maturity and intelligence”
    Phil Hall
  • Boston Globe
    “Daniel Anker's film faults Hollywood both for ignoring the Holocaust during the war years and for trivializing it later. It's a mixed message that coheres largely thanks to Anker's archival spadework and his luck in securing interviews.”
    Ty Burr
  • Arizona Republic
    “Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.”
    Richard Nilsen
  • Seattle Times
    “Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.”
    Moira MacDonald
    “This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood’s narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.”
    Joshua Rothkopf
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    “Sheds light on the paradoxes and political maneuvering that went on in the studios.”
    Bill White

Festival Participation

  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, China - 2007
  • Adelaide Film Festival, Australia - 2005
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, USA - 2005
  • Iceland International Film Festival - 2005
  • Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland - 2005
  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, China - 2005
  • Tribeca Film Festival, USA - 2004
  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival - 2004
    Special Jury Award for Documentary Research
  • Hamptons International Film Festival - 2004
    Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • Newport International Film Festival, USA - 2004
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA - 2004

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