TJFF Presents: Babi Yar. Context
The Netherlands/Ukraine 2021, 121 min
Ukrainian, Russian, German
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
A stunning documentary...shows us arresting archival footage, supplemented with sound design.
- PJ Grisar, Forward
Winner of the L’Oeil d’Orfor Best Documentary, 2021 Cannes Film Festival.Over a two-day period in September 1941, the Nazis, in collaboration with Ukrainian collaborators, massacred nearly 34,000 Jews at Babi Yarin Kyiv. Using entirely archival footage, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa meticulously reconstructs and visualizes the historical context of this event, as it documents the German occupation of Ukraine and the subsequent decade. Similar to his previous acclaimed archival collage films, such as State Funeral, a reconstruction of Stalin’s funeral procession and The Trial about the 1930s Moscow show trials, Babi Yar. Context eschews traditional voice-overor talking-head commentary and allows the astonishing archival material to stand as evidence, resulting in a “wrenching and revelatory collage." (A.O Scott, New York Times)
Join us on the JFLIX platform, during HEW 2022, for this award-winning documentary, followed by pre-recorded Q & A with Anna Shternshis, Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish studies and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.