FILM Shoah (Director: Claude Lanzmann, 1985)

World Wide Screening © Goethe-Institut Chennai

Mon, 27.01.2020 -
Tue, 28.01.2020

8:45 Uhr

Asian College of Journalism , Taramani, Chennai

Worldwide Screening in Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day
in cooperation with Asian College of Journalism

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2020, also the 75-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp – we are presenting together with Asian College of Journalism a screening of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, 1985, documentary film at the Asian College of Journalism, MS Subbulakshmi Auditoirum. This is a rare opportunity to see the 9-hour film in its entirety on a big screen.

27.1.2020   8.45 - 9.00 am Introduction: Helmut Schippert, Director- Goethe-Institut
  9.00 - 1.15 pm         Film screening: SHOAH  by Claude Lanzmann
28.1.2020   10.00 am - 4.00 pm   Film screening: SHOAH  by Claude Lanzmann

There will be a discussion and Q&A session by Helmut Schippert & Sashi Kumar* moderated by Uma Vangal* on 28.1.2020 between 4.15 - 5.15 pm at Asian College of Journalism.

*Helmut Schippert - Director, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
*Sashi Kumar - Chairman, Asian College of Journalism
*Uma Vangal - Film-maker, expert and Adjunct Faculty at Asian College of Journalism

The International Literature Festival Berlin (das internationale literaturfestival berlin, or ilb) has called individuals, schools, universities, media outlets, television stations, and cultural institutions to join a worldwide screening of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah on January 27.

SHOAH is one of the most radical and comprehensive records of the extermination of European Jews under National Socialism.

In the 9-hour documentary, surviving victims and perpetrators of the systematic extermination of Jewish people and other persecuted groups by the Third Reich relate the events of the Holocaust to audiences in their own words. For eleven years (1974 to 1985), French director Claude Lanzmann worked on Shoah. In 2013, the Berlinale awarded Lanzmann with the Honorary Golden Bear for his life’s work, but Shoah did not necessarily have a ceremonious premiere. Regarded as an „epochal masterpiece of memory culture,“ Shoah was relegated only to screenings on obscure public programming stations in Germany, instead of having a cinematic release. Consequently, many people nowadays know very little of Claude Lanzmann or his film.

In 2005, the United Nations declared January 27 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust in order to commemorate the Holocaust and the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on January 27, 1945. This worldwide screening of Shoah commemorates 75 years since the liberation, 35 years since the film’s release, and 15 years of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
For a full list of participants across the world, visit:   

Claude Lanzmann was born in Paris in 1925 and as a teenager experienced the invasion of German troops into France. In 1943 grammar-school pupil Lanzmann joined the resistance in Clermont-Ferrand and went underground to fight the Nazis. After the war, he completed studies in philosophy, earning his doctorate in 1947, and subsequently took a position as a lecturer at Berlin Free University in 1948/49. In 1953 Lanzmann, who belonged to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir’s circle, became a permanent collaborator on the legendary political and literary journal Les Temps Modernes. In 1970 he made his first forays into the world of filmmaking, which also document his political engagement against French policies in Algeria. Towards the end of the Algerian War, Lanzmann signed the “Manifesto of the 121” against French war crimes. In his 1973 film POURQUOI ISRAEL?, Lanzmann explored his own Jewish identity. He began work on Shoah a year later in the summer of 1973.