FATHERLAND

Imagine your 13-year old is called a Nazi in a Canadian schoolyard because his father is German. Manfred Becker's son Jonas was taunted by classmates for his German father. Manfred sets off to confront his own past and returns to Germany, where he finds his country still caught in conflict between denial, reckoning and reconciliation. 'Fatherland' is a personal quest to understand his own father, his young son and himself - three generations caught on the wrong side of history.

HOTDOCS Festival
Doc Fest Munich
Donald Brittain Gemini for best social-political Documentary
Jewish Film Festival Toronto, Atlanta, Seattle & Los Angeles
DGC Award nominee
Chris Award, Columbus
Invited to University of Toronto & John Hopkins University/Baltimore
In Flagrante Depicto - Films on Trial International Symposium,
Cardozo Law School, New York City

"Intense, difficult emotional moments and disturbing images. Profoundly intimate portrait of the relationships between fathers and sons. Intense, substantial and satisfying." Henrietta Walmark, Globe Television

"Opens a poignant landscape. One of those few truly great films that jumps right out at you." Jim Bawden, Star Week

"Tough questions are asked, tough answers are given, and what emerges is a deeper understanding of personal and collective guilt."  
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"Uncomfortable and raw" Rick McGinnis, Metro News

"A profoundly intimate portrait" Lynne Fernie, HotDocs

"Enlightening, a stirring look. You won't find a better program to watch this Father's Day weekend. Enlightening" Andrew Borkowski, TV Guide

"A lyrical drama that illustrates the question how complicated the question 'What did you do in the war?' can get." Eye Weekly

"Sobering and provocative. Top pick of festival" Globe and Mail

"Fatherland is an intimate documentary exploring an unresolved relationship between a father who served as a soldier in Hitler's army and a son who fled his country, his family and his history. The film opens out to include a third generation, Manfred's son, Jonas, and the result is a film that is thoughtful, tender and beautifully visual." History Channel Australia