A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past.

Waldheim Waltz, The

Documentary | 2019

Cast

Kurt Waldheim

Synopsis

A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power.

Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again.

Producers

Ruth Beckermann

Director

Ruth Beckermann

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Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, International Women's Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2018
Winner, Glashütte Original – Documentary Award Berlin International Film Festival, 2018