A Film Unfinished (2010)

After World War II, reels from the unreleased propaganda film Ghetto were discovered in East German vaults. The footage showed the good life of Jewish urbanites in a Warsaw ghetto and it became an important record that researchers and historians used for decades thereafter.

But in 1998, another reel was discovered that exposed the film’s fictionalization. A Film Unfinished interviews surviving members and presents inconsistencies between the reels, challenging notions of historical truths produced by documentary footage and raising a light to how documentaries not only provide a point of view of a past time but also how time braids with the living record.

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Kapish Singla is a Winter 2012 intern with POV Digital. He has previously interned at Cinereach and Rooftop Films. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in anthropology.