"One of Us" tells the story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943), who as a conscientious objector refused to serve in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II and was sentenced to death and executed in 1943. The film deals with new findings on Jägerstätter, including the court room protocol and numerous original letters and notes. The film focuses on the reasons why Jägerstätter refused service, his grappling with his decision and the role of his wife, Franziska. "One of Us" also builds a bridge into present day and discusses the significance of Jägerstätter for today’s generation. The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the author of the documentary Peter Schierl and its director Lothar Riedl.
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
Peter Schierl (Author & Producer): Peter Schierl works as a Knowledge Management Officer at the World Bank. Outside the World Bank, he has worked as journalist, filmmaker, and as lecturer in conflict journalism at the Danube University Krems, Austria. Mr. Schierl holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Vienna.
Lothar Riedl (Director & Editor): Lothar Riedl is a film director and producer from Austria. He has produced for a wide range of TV channels such as arte, ATV, BBC, BR, NDR, ORF, and Servus TV, and developed cinematic documentaries, motion pictures, music videos and promotional films, among others. Mr. Riedl is co-founder of the master course “Film, TV & Media” at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, where he teaches dramaturgy. He is also lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Salzburg and director of the Akademie für Filmgestaltung, Salzburg.
© Lothar Riedl