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2 OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HIM
(2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiß)
"An unusually matter-of-fact picture of the private and public effects of ordinary evil" -New York Times
"Malte Ludin does an admirable, disturbing, and often bemusing job of reminding us how much can change in one generation, and how difficult it can be to know one's father" -New York Magazine
"Gripping and confrontational viewing" -Village Voice
"Penetrating and symbolically important...Ludin is a steady guide as he seeks neither to excuse nor to wallow in guilt but simply to face the truth" -New York Post
"Extraordinary" -TV Guide
Critics Choice! "Engrossing" -Chicago Reader
Who better to address the troublesome issue of being the offspring of a Nazi war criminal than Malte Ludin himself? Ludin was just five years old when his father, Hanns Ludin, was tried and executed in 1947 for orchestrating the Final Solution in Slovakia. Growing up, Malte was struck by his family's unwavering support of their father, even though he was clearly a major force behind some of the cruelest events of the Holocaust. In 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him, Malte points his camera at his siblings, forcing them to confront their father's evil deeds once and for all. Unfortunately, some of them -- his oldest sister, most specifically -- refuse to accept the court's ruling and hold steadfast to the belief that their father was a decent man who did not know the true ramifications of the Nazi party's actions. He even interviews his nieces and nephews, only to discover that they were raised with a bafflingly positive image of their grandfather. While the film ultimately proves it is possible for a mindset to change -- for the better -- in only one generation, it also shows just how difficult it is for those habits to break. A powerful documentary that raises as many questions as it answers, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him is a vital contribution to the genre.
Directed by Malte Ludin, Germany, 2005, 35mm, 85 mins. In German and Slovak with English subtitles.