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May 25, 2017
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Ticket Price:
$13 in advance or $15 at the door

7 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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Washington Jewish Film Festival:
Fog in August
A still frame from <i>Fog in August. Courtesy of Festival Agency</i>
A still frame from Fog in August. Courtesy of Festival Agency

Synopsis of Fog in August:  

Director Kai Wessel’s first feature film addresses one of the greatest taboos of German history—the Nazis’ euthanasia program. Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 historical novel, Fog in August concerns the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa, who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his Roma origins (and not due to actual illness). He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital’s façade and sets about sabotaging its euthanasia program with the help of other patients, at great personal risk.

A panel discussion will follow the screening.

Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice, Director of the Reference Historian Office at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a specialist on medical crimes and eugenics policies in Nazi Germany
Jud Nirenberg, Author of several books and papers on Roma issues and president of the board of the National Roma Center in Macedonia
Richard F. Wetzell, Research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University

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