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Filmmakers for the Prosecution is the thrilling story of the men who tracked down the films used to convict the Nazis at the Nuremberg trial, the first time in history that motion pictures were introduced as evidence in a court of law. The searchers included two sons of Hollywood — brothers Budd and Stuart Schulberg — who served under the command of movie director John Ford, head of the film branch of America’s wartime spy agency, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The images they presented in the courtroom shape our collective memory of the Holocaust to this day. Seventy-five years after the trial, French journalist and filmmaker Jean-Christophe Klotz returns to the German salt mines where films lay burning and uncovers never-before-seen footage of other hiding places. The film features startling first-hand accounts by the Schulberg brothers and by Niklas Frank, son of Nuremberg defendant Hans Frank, as well as Sandra Schulberg’s insights into why the resulting film about the trial was suppressed by the U.S. government. ("It’s time to forget the Nazis and concentrate on the Reds,” said one official source). Nuremberg expert Eli Rosenbaum, now U.S. investigator into alleged crimes in Ukraine, discusses how the Nuremberg principles still underlie all attempts to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity, and why the trial remains such a touchstone for those seeking justice.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    60 minutes
  • Language
    English, French
  • Country
    United States, France
  • Premiere
    Southeast US Premiere
  • Director
    Jean-Christophe Klotz
  • Screenwriter
    Jean-Christophe Klotz
  • Cast
    Sandra Schulberg, Eli Rosenbaum, Yves Beigbeder
  • Cinematographer
    Alberto Marquardt, Olivier Raffet
  • Editor
    Laure-Alice Herve