A Film Unfinished

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labelled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

**** "A brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness" - Keith Uhlich, TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Moving, mysterious and intellectually provocative" - Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

"Grade A: A profound and vital documentary" - Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

2010 / Israel / B&W and Colour / English, Hebrew, Yiddish, German and Polish with English subtitles / 1.78 widescreen anamorphic presentation / Dolby 5.1 / 91 minutes

Director: Yael Hersonski

WINNER - Best International Feature, 2010 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival


  • Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood
  • Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A FILM UNFINISHED
  • DEATH MILLS (1946, 21 minutes, directed by Billy Wilder)
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Number: KNS 50441

UPC Number: 8-81751-50441-8