The Waldheim Waltz

Showtimes
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 at 11:15am  | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8

The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Official 2019 Academy Award submission from Austria!

Kurt Waldheim was an Austrian diplomat and politician who served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1982. In 1986, his nation elected him as president despite a controversy over his previously undisclosed role in the Nazi regime during World War II.

“Incisive … devastating.  Has a pressing sense of urgency – if it sounds like a dry history lesson, think again.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Using archival footage, filmmaker Ruth Beckermann (The Dreamed Ones) studies how various media reported Waldheim’s accession and, more broadly, the influence of false naïveté and political pressure by those in positions of power. The Waldheim Waltz is an intelligent, timely work of activist filmmaking—one whose questions about collective complicity, memory, and historical responsibility are as important to ask today as they were more than 30 years ago. (Dir. by Ruth Beckermann, 2018, Austria, in German/English/French with English subtitles, 93 mins., Not Rated).  Other festivals: Berlin; New York; Stockholm | Tucson Premiere

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