MY GERMAN FRIEND
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Dir. Jeanine Meerapfel (110min, Germany/Argentina, 2013)
In Spanish and German with English Subtitles
In the late 1950s, Sulamit Löwenstein strikes up a casual friendship with her neighbor Friedrich in a quiet, affluent section of Buenos Aires. She is the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants and he is the son of a senior SS officer – a tragic political legacy that will haunt them both.
Following the teenaged Friedrich to Germany, Sulamit finds him caught up in the radical politics of late-1960s student life; later, he returns to Argentina to join the fight against the military junta. My German Friend distills the momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history into a story that is intimate, tender, and always humane.