Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to the documentary “What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy” with plans for a Nov. 6 theatrical release followed by a digital release.
Directed by David Evans (“Downton Abbey”), the film premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film explores the relationship between two men — both of whom are children of high-ranking Nazi officials but possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the connection between the two and includes the story of his own grandfather, who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings.
Hans Frank and Otto von Wächter were indicted as war criminals. While researching the Nuremberg trials, Sands discovered the sons, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter.
“This is both an intensely personal story for me as well as one with contemporary and universal relevance as anti-Semitism spreads across Europe and the wounds created in Ukraine during WWII can still be felt today,” Sands said.
The film was produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey through their company Wildgaze Films. Andrew Herwitz, president of the Film Sales Company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.