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1th DMZ Docs(2009)

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Purity Beats Everything

Jon Bang Carlsen

  • Denmark
  • 2007
  • 51min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

Purity Beats Everything is about growing up in a thatched silence in an idyllic country neighboring Germany. By following the tale of two Auschwitz survivors who fled to South Africa, the film leads us into a devastating past that leads straight into our future. They talk about their fears during the war and about the incomprehensible horrors of Auschwitz, but they also reflect on their new home country and the new role they were given. Once in South Africa, they became members of the white upper class and they had to live side-by-side with oppressors. This film reflects the director’s own life, who was born soon after the second world war ended and grew up in the thatched farms close to the tall chimneys leading the ashes of the victims towards the Northern European sky during the war. He says, being Scandinavian, Hitler’s favorite race, that his parents did not face the Germans presumably because they were ashamed of their spiritual kinship to Hitler after the chimneys stopped smoking in 1945. Yet ironically, he grew up hearing nothing about the hell resulting from the romantic surge towards “purity”. About the film adds the director: “The times were different then and yet the times are still the same. The insanity Adolf Hitler screamed out into the world is still reverberating throughout our present days and echoes have a dangerous tendency to resurrect disguised as the future.”

Review

Director

  • Jon Bang Carlsen

    Jon Bang Carlsen was born in Denmark in 1950. He graduated from The Danish Film School in 1976. He worked with the famous Danish theatre group “Solvognen” from 1971 to 1978. He has published poetry and essays apart from his main profession of writing, directing and producing movies. Purity beats everything (2007) Blinded Angels (2006) Confessions of an old Teddy (2003) Zuma the Puma (2002) Portrait of God (2001) Return to sender (2000) Addicted to solitude (1999) My African Diary (1999) Strange Fruit (1997) Through Irish eyes (1997)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMarianne Christensen, Jon Bang Carlsen
  • Cinematography on Bang Carlsen
  • Editor Andri Steinn Gudmundsson

Production Company & Distributor

Production Company & Distributor  C&C Productions ApS

Address  Blomstervænget 52Ä2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Demark

Tel  45 2559 9929

Fax  45 7070 2271

Email  jon.bang.carlsen@mail.dk​