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About The Film

Two friends, director Janina Quint and producer Tal Recanati, set out to discover what it is like being Jewish in a country with such a harrowing past. Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn’t have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories and sage expert voices, GERMANS & JEWS explores Germany’s transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between two filmmaker friends—one Jewish, one German and not—grew into a rich cultural exchange exploring their inextricable bond of memory, history, and connection. GERMANS & JEWS is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.

Filmmakers Bios

Janina Quint (Director and Producer) grew up in Germany. Her early video essays addressed the tension between technology and authenticity. She is the co-director of the Ohne Grenzen/Without Borders Film Festival. She lives with her husband and three children and dog in New York City.

Tal Recanati (Executive Producer and Producer) was born in the US and raised in both the US and Israel. She is an entrepreneur and the former chair of the Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is a member of the board of Seeds of Peace. Tal lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. 

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Film Details:

Director: Janina Quint, Tal Recanati
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 76m
Year: 2016
Genre: Documenatry
Official Website
  • Anti-Semitism
  • German Stories
  • Holocaust
  • WWII
Rating/Warning: PG