Wanted: contributions for film project „Brundibar Revisited“!
„Brundibar Revisited“ is a recently completed documentary by Douglas Wolfsperger (Bayerischer Filmpreis, Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis, Prix Europa). The film tells the story of Annika and Ikra, two members of the youth theatre group at Schaubühne Berlin, who want to bring a new version of the children's opera „Brundibar“ on stage. But how does one deal with an opera that has been staged at the concentration camp in Theresienstadt and whose orginal cast has mainly been deported to Auschwitz and murdered there?
And how does one feel as someone who has to bear his own cross – confronted with a delicate subject one hasn't particularly been interested in up until now?
Douglas Wolfsperger brings Annika, Ikra and their group together with the charismatic Greta Klingsberg, the only survivor of the original Brundibar cast. On a journey to Theresienstadt, they all realise that the past has a lot more to do with the present than they originally thought and they develop friendships that would have been unlikely before.
The development of „Brundibar Revisited“ took several years and was affected by numerous financial obstacles – it is due to the commitment of everyone involved that the film was completed.
Most decision makers in German film funding are of the (dangerous!) opinion that the subject Holocaust doesn't bring enough money and viewing rates anymore. So we were only after the completion of the film able to secure a partial financing through institutions like WDR, arte, Anne Frank Fonds etc.
The following renowned instutions are committed to cooperations concerning their event series and educational concepts after the release of the film:
- Boosey & Hawkes Music Publisher, Rightholder of the opera „Brundibar“
- Terezín Memorial
- Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- Anne Frank Centre Berlin
- Jewish Museums Berlin and Prag
- Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V.
- Berliner Ratschlag für Demokratie
Until then, we have to rely on donors that want to make sure – along with us – that the fourth generation after the Holocaust, which will not have many possibilities to hear first-hand-memories, will stay aware of the darkest part of German history.
We are all responsible for creating a society without discrimination, violence and racism.
Thank you for your generous support!
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation (www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de)
supports „Wiedersehen mit Brundibar“ and will accept donations on our behalf:
Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
Linienstr. 139, 10115 Berlin
Donations account: GLS Bank Bochum
IBAN: DE32 4306 0967 6005 0000 00 | BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Project: „Wiedersehen mit Brundibar“