Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.
"an artistic triumph" - Kurt Brokaw, The Independent
"Absolutely engrossing. I was floored." - Seth Combs, San Diego CityBeat
Adolf HItler was democratically elected in 1933. Twelve years later 55 million people were dead and the entire European continent was in ruins. And yet despite the lessons from history, all of the conditions which led to World War II have fully risen again. Extreme nationalism, higher walls, open racism, reckless talk of war, and an overarching narrative of an enemy are everywhere.
People have forgotten history. And as media and even the very notion of truth are under siege, now more than ever people need to learn from the past and recognize the seeds of war.
I believe that deeply ingrained prejudices are very difficult to reverse. However, I am convinced that even the most extreme ultra nationalists can learn from the lessons of history and begin to reexamine their own beliefs.
I believe the biggest help in steering our culture away from another Holocaust or WWII will come from ordinary people who will stand up against prejudice and the narrative of an enemy. But ordinary people in America do not know history. I have recounted this story hundreds of times and have found most young people don't know it. And very few people I've talked to know the reality and scope of the Holocaust.
In the following video Rhonda Fink Whitman interviews college students in Pennsylvania. Students interviewed cannot answer what the Holocaust was, where it happened, or even what country Adolf Hitler was the leader of. College students.
This is the situation in America in the 21st century. But there is good news. I have found that just as most people I tell the story to didn’t know about it before, the overwhelming majority become extremely interested in it when they hear it along with the story of The Third Reich and the Holocaust. A friend of mine (college graduate) watched the rough cut of the film and afterward sent me this text:
“Thank you for telling this story and I will do all I can to help you reach more people to hear this.” This is the goal of the film. To get people learning about the history AND wanting to tell others. I get texts from friends who didn’t know the history before now telling me they watched a documentary on Treblinka or asking me if I saw there was a Holocaust survivor interviewed on NPR. These are people who were not interested in this subject before.
The Driver Is Red world premiered in October 2017 at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and is beginning a festival run including Twin Cities Film Festival, Bucheon International Animation Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and DOC NYC. If you would like to support the distribution of this film you can use the contact form below. We would love to hear from you!
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