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German Shepherd

Genealogy, Animation, Short Film, Jewish Film, Human Nature, Holocaust, History
Nils Bergendal
10 minutes


Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection, Chicago International Film Festival

WINNER, Best Film and Best Music, Pixel Skanes Film Festival, Sweden

"German Shepherd seems like a sunny tale on the surface, but Paul and Bergendal confront profound questions about the nature of human condition and humankind’s potential predisposition for evil. This smart doc both realizes the adage that laughter is the best medicine and that good humour might just as easily mask harsh realities we fear to admit." - Point of View Magazine



As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David’s vision of Germany was shaped by the stories of his Holocaust-survivor mother; later in life, he reflects on whether it is possible to overcome this history. Simple in aesthetics yet potent in philosophical introspection, this animated documentary poses difficult questions about the human capacity to forgive unimaginable evil acts.



Nils Bergendal has been working as still photographer and filmmaker since 1990 with Sweden as his base. This is his first animated work.


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