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Twelve years in the making, Shoah is Lanzmann’s monumental epic on the Holocaust and features interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators in 14 countries. This two part documentary does not contain any historical footage but rather features interviews which seek to “reincarnate” the Jewish tragedy and also visits places where the crimes took place. It grew out of Lanzmann’s concern that the genocide perpetrated only 40 years earlier was already retreating into the mists of time, and that atrocity was becoming sanitized as History. His massive achievement – at once epic and intimate, immediate and definitive – is a triumph of form and content that reveals hidden truths while rewriting the rules of documentary filmmaking.


  • '"Shoah" is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.'
    Roger Ebert
  • The NYTimes
    Richard Bernstein
  • The New Yorker
    ''Shoah"…changed the history of cinema'
    Richard Brody

Festival Participation

  • BAFTA Awards - 1987
    Winner Flaherty Documentary Award
  • Berlin International Film Festival - 1986
    Winner Caligari Film Award, Winner FIPRESCI Prize, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention
  • César Awards, France - 1986
    Winner Honorary César
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards - 1985
    Best Documentary

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