The Waldheim Waltz
Shapes of Memory
German, English, French
“Waldheim no, Waldheim no” shouts a crowd in the center of Vienna in 1986. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim, and documented the political events with her camera. More than 30 years later, she revisits her archive and uses additional material to analyze this turning point in Austrian political culture. The film shows the web in which former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim became ensnared by concealing two years of his wartime biography. It analyses the collapse of the Austrian grand illusion: having been the first victim of the Nazis.
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Berlin Film Festival - Glashütte Original Documentary Award
Tel Aviv/Docaviv - Honorable Mention
Atlàntida Film Fest - Audience Award