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My Life Part 2

A personal docu that draws on filmmaker Angelika Levi's extensive archive of multi-generational home movies, "My Life Part 2" works on several levels -- chief among them, regard of the global Jewish Diaspora during and after WWII, and the permanent psychological damage dealt Jews who survived Nazi Europe.

A personal docu that draws on filmmaker Angelika Levi’s extensive archive of multi-generational home movies, “My Life Part 2” works on several levels — chief among them, regard of the global Jewish Diaspora during and after WWII, and the permanent psychological damage dealt Jews who survived Nazi Europe. Combination of historical research and first-person immediacy is lent semi-experimental feel by diverse source materials (album photos, B&W newsreel and propagandistic footage, color 8/16mm amateur lensing, DV cam, etc.). Result is a probing collage of particular interest to Jewish fests and adventuresome educational broadcasters.

Raised in well-to-do Hamburg circumstances, half-Jewish Ursula Becker Levi managed with most of her immediate family to survive the war — though other relatives perished in the camps or elsewhere. Afterward they immigrated to Chile, where the father had established himself in 1938; Ursula happily studied botany. Perversely, she accepted a grant for two years’ research in 1957 Bonn, and never left, marrying a Protestant minister — something locals labeled a “gesture of reconciliation” between Jews and Germans. Depression, physical disability, and paranoia eventually emerged, consequences of her long-suppressed terror during the war years. Quietly compelling pic is well handled in tech departments.

My Life Part 2

Germany

Production: A Celestefilm production in association with ZDF. Produced, directed, edited by Angelika Levi.

Crew: Camera (color, various formats-to-35mm), Antje Schafer, Levi; production designer, Gordana Letic; music, Marta Monserrat. Reviewed at Roxie Cinema, July 1, 2003. (In San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.) Running time: 85 MIN.

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