“Critics Pick. Haunting and provocative… An original and incisive meditation on history, memory, memorials and the very nature of celluloid”
“A beautiful film that pays tribute to those lost and to the persistence and emotional power of memory”
—The Hollywood Reporter
“A poetic meditation on film, history, and loss… Stigter shows that in the right hands, with the right pair of eyes, three minutes can contain an entire world.”
THREE MINUTES – A LENGTHENING presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. The film is a haunting essay about history and memory. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. Those precious minutes are examined moment by moment to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. Different voices enhance the images: Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, and Maurice Chandler, who appears in the footage as a young boy. Narrated by Academy Award® nominee Helena Bonham Carter and co-produced by Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen.
Watch a Q&A between Austin Jewish Film Festival’s David Finkel and Glenn Kurtz, author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film below.