- “The Burning Wall” is playing at Film Forum
This documentary film is worth seeing on the grounds that:
a) It’s an intense, enthralling movie and I think you’ll enjoy it.
b) The story of a state becoming obsessed with the enemy within has some resonance in our current political climate.
c) The film maker is my mother.
- “In much the same way helmer Hava Kohav Beller’s Oscar-nommed 1992 documentary, ‘The Restless Conscience,’ cogently charted resistance to the Nazis between 1933 and 1945, her second, ‘The Burning Wall,’ is a focused and fascinating history of dissidence in the German Democratic Republic — known to the Cold War-era world as East Germany.”
Eddie Cockrell, Variety
Jack Matthews, The Daily News
- “Absorbing, unflinching look at dissent and repression in East Germany between 1949 and 1989 makes a strong case that much of the opposition in the former Soviet-bloc country came from former idealists disillusioned by the grim reality of socialism. Impressively detailed film doesn’t try to dumb anything down, making it a must for history buffs.” (1 hr. 56 mins.; NR)
BILGE EBIRI, New York Magazine
- Click here to read Stephen Holden’s review in The New York Times
- Click here to read Jack Matthews review in the Daily News