Three Minutes: A Lengthening

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Three Minutes: A Lengthening

In 2009, Glenn Kurtz discovered a crumbling 16mm color home movie in his parents’ closet, which his grandfather David had shot on a 1938 European vacation. It included three minutes of what would turn out to be the only known footage of the predominantly Jewish town of Nasielsk, Poland—David Kurtz’s birthplace—just one year before the Nazis would destroy it. Director Bianca Stigter constructs her entire film from these moments of footage, creating a cinematic meditation on memory and loss, as offscreen interviewees provide context. Examining each haunting frame for clues and interrogating every detail, Three Minutes: A Lengthening eloquently demonstrates the power of cinema to reclaim history.

“A remarkable glimpse of Jewish life before the Holocaust”
Nicholas Barber, IndieWire
“An essay about absence and the indexical power of film. Despite the erasure of entire communities during the Holocaust, Kurtz’s footage offers a record that these people existed and that they had lives and stories”
Pat Mullen, Point of View Magazine

This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2022 series.

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