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Pool

Leandro Goddinho
Brazil, 2016, 29 min.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

Director's Statement

The premise came after a visit to the Dachau concentration camp in Munich, in 2012, where there is a wing dedicated to the memory of thousands of homosexuals murdered by the Nazis. Although the Holocaust is widely known, the Nazi's focus was mainly on Jews. However, little is said about the extermination of gays in Germany during the same period. To this day, little is known, since homosexuality in schools, books and films is still a taboo subject. Research work and reports on the subject, point to Berlin as a liberal city during the 1920's and 1930's, with bars and nightclubs patronized by the gay community who felt at ease, free to display their citizenship and affectivity. At the turn of the century, a great movement for gay rights began there. However, these movements were harshly repressed by the Nazi Party and, in less than two years, the tide turned dramatically and homosexuals began to be persecuted, denounced, arrested and murdered by the State. After the war, the plight of homosexuals in concentration camps was not recognized in many countries, with some Allied powers refusing to release or repatriate these people. Some of those who were arrested, escaped and were arrested again, based on events that occurred during the Nazi period. Only in the 1980's some governments recognized homosexuals as victims of the Holocaust, and only in 2002 the German government formally apologized to the gay community.

Category: Drama.
Themes: World Cinema.

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