House by the lake –

PRE-OPENING 2023 with screening of the documentary IRMI

Screening in the cultural barn Gut Eibenhof.

Pre-opening followed by a film screening of the touching documentary IRMI

Program schedule:

Presentation of FILM WITHOUT BORDERS – Youth Projects 2023 with filmmakers and workshop leaders Anna Faroqui and Haim Peretz.

Pre-film: Holy Holocaust, Israel 2021, 17 min, directed by Osi Wald and Noa Berman-Herzberg, animation: Osi Wald, Ella Ben – Yacov, Yair Harel and Liron Narunsky.

Can we confront our history and at the same time refuse to be defined by it? Is it possible to overcome the past without erasing it? These intriguing questions circle each other in “Holy Holocaust,” a beautifully animated short film that depicts the close friendship between Noa, a white Jewish woman from Israel, and Jenny, a black German woman, who meet in an art class in Paris and develop an intense relationship, though one that seems to be shattered by a family secret. “Holy Holocaust” asks the question whether blood really means more than the bond of a chosen sisterhood.

Followed by a film screening of IRMI

IRMI is a very touching documentary about Irmi Selver, a woman from Chemnitz, Germany, who lost her husband and children while trying to flee Hitler’s Europe. Her courage and will to live carried her through the tragedies and upheavals she faced as a German Jew in the 20th century. Filmmaker Veronica Selver who is IRMI’s daughter, together with her friend and filmmaker Susan Fanshel, produced this moving contemporary document using old films and photos from IRMI’s life.

Excerpts from IRMI’s memoir are read by German actress Hanna Schygulla. It is a deeply impressive portrait of a woman whose strength and confidence, and perhaps most amazingly, her zest for life, could not be defeated even in the face of unimaginable loss. IRMI died in 2004 at the age of 98.

5 pm – 6:55 pm

FSK 0 (Temporary release according to JuSchG).


  • Credits

    USA 2020,

    Lenght: 70 min

    Director: Veronica Selver, Susan Fanshel

    Camera: John Haptas, Michael Chin

    Version: English with German subitles