Oscilloscope Laboratories will appeal the R rating the MPAA has given to “A Film Unfinished,” the Holocaust doc the company is set to release theatrically Aug. 18.
The current rating, according to Oscilloscope, would severely restrict the classroom use of a film that could serve as a valuable teaching tool in educational settings.
Movie, which has won awards at fests including Sundance and HotDocs, showcases footage shot for an unfinished Nazi propaganda film about life in the Warsaw Ghetto. The raw footage, shown in its entirety, includes graphic images of real-life atrocities.
The education segment of the audience for a historical documentary such as “Film Unfinished” consists of a fairly large chunk of potential viewers, said Oscilloscope co-founder David Fenkel. The aim with the appeal is to reduce the rating so that, for instance, teachers could screen the docu in a classroom without needing parental approval for those younger than 17.
“The film and the imagery are very powerful, but the way the imagery is used isn’t manipulative or exploitative,” he said.
Appeal is set for Thursday, with a decision to be handed down that day.