SHADOWS FROM MY PAST, the very homemade movie directed and written by and starring Gita Kaufman (her husband Curt is also credited, but we never see nor hear from him*) may be one of the most personal of all. Ms Kaufman, a Jew born in Austria, lost most of her family to the Holocaust, and this movie is both an exploration of the state of Austria today and a look back at many of the photographs of and letters by family members that give us a firsthand glimpse into what the experience was like.
Freedom Party without having it identified very well.
Simon Wiesenthal and Kurt Waldheim (below) to various Holocaust survivors and even actor/performer Theodore Bikel. (From the date of the deaths of some of these men, it is clear that the Kaufmans have been working on their film for some time.)
good reviews from The New York Times and Village Voice), the film -- running 85 minutes -- opens this Friday in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Town Center 5. I hope it will eventually make its way onto DVD, as well.
* Sunday, November 30, 2014: TrustMovies just received a surprise phone call from Gita Kauffman, thanking him for his review while also mentioning that her late husband Curt was indeed a major part of this film. Curt traveled with his wife, acted as co-writer, -director and -producer, did some of the film editing and all of the cinematography. Unfortunately, the gentleman died shortly before the film was to be released.