a documentary, is a report of people who were forced, in the years 1943 - 1945, by the brutality of the war and of the nazi regime, to
live, work and die either as concentration camp slaves or as forced laborers for a practically unknown V-2 military plant in Austria.
At the same
time we see a documentation of people of today who, forty years later, are suddenly confronted, through the persistent research of the film authors, with their past. A
past which they had either kept secret on purpose or which they had simply forgotten about.
An "insignificant" bunker is accidentally discovered in
Zipf/Upper Austria. The protagonists first investigate out of mere curiosity, but slowly memories and documents become more coherent and develop into a network.
A hitherto unknown chronicle of the former outpost of the concentration camp at Mauthausen and of the V-2 testing station SCHLIER is the historically significant result of this documentary.
Documentary film, color, 90 minutes.
Financial support: Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst Austria and Landesregierung Upper Austria.
Television: Austrian Television ORF, Bavarian Television.
Österreichische Filmtage Wels 1985
9. Duisburger Filmwoche 1985
28. Internationale Leipziger Dokumentar- und Kurzfilmwoche 1985
25. Internationales Filmfestival in Karlovy Vary 1986
2. Internationales Filmfestival in Bludenz ALPINALE
(Price for the best social- and analysing contamporary documentary film).
Landvermessung 1992 (the best Austrian films of the last ten years)
(1997) "Connection for tomorrow. A History of the Austrian Film since 1945"
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