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Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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81' - 2000 - Romance, Documentary - Dialogue: German, French, English
Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Composer: Tibor Szemzö With: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath
Academy-award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman direct this harrowing, lyrical look at the persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich. German historian and member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Klaus Muller interviews the dozen or so surviving victims. Jewish resistance fighter Gad Beck recalls how he posed as a Hitler Youth in an ultimately vain attempt at saving his lover. One man was freed from a sentence at Dachau only to be interned again at Buchenwald. Another recalls hearing in the distance, a “singing forest”- the sound of gays bound and tortured by Nazis in a local grove. Epstein and Friedman fashion a layered narrative consisting not only of interviews but also archival footage depicting background life in Weimar Germany.

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Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman


Tibor Szemzö


Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath


Sharon Wood

Director of Photography

Bernd Meiners


Dawn Logsdon


Janet Cole, Michael Ehrenzweig, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

More information


German, French, English

Countries of production

United Kingdom, Germany



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