Fifth Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival: Bloodlines

Cynthia Connop’s documentary asks the tough questions

If your brother and grandparents were killed in the Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, would you want to meet someone connected to their executioner? Australian filmmaker Cynthia Connop answers that question and raises many others with her provocative documentary Bloodlines. Part of the Fifth Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival, a collaboration between the Jewish Community Center of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bloodlinesasks: Is history destiny?

In the film, artist Ruth Rich, known for her paintings detailing her Polish relatives’ lives in the camps, meets Bettina Goering, grandniece of the infamous Hermann Goering, Hitler’s second-in-command and father of the Gestapo. Guilt and anger seethe on both sides during Rich and Goering’s heated confrontations. Connop calls her film a “beacon of possibility,” and the light of reconciliation is mighty strong — blinding, sometimes. The film screens today at 7:30 p.m. The festival continues through March 29. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-729-3200 or visit www.jcchouston.org. $7 to $9.


Mon., March 23, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 
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