A film by Cynthia Connop

Australia | 2008 | 52 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 09932


Bettina Goering, grandniece of Hermann Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Painter Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, cannot resolve her deep-rooted anger over the suffering of her parents and the loss of an older brother in the Holocaust. Bettina seeks out Ruth in an attempt to confront her enormous guilt and her fear that the capacity for evil is in her blood. When the women meet, their hidden guilt and rage clash in a series of intimate and extraordinary meetings.

Provocative and deeply moving, BLOODLINES by Cynthia Connop follows Ruth and Bettina as they face the past in their quest to heal the future. Their meetings are interspersed with individual interviews, powerful images from Ruth’s paintings and archival photos. This contemporary film brings to light, in a way never before seen, the unwritten cost of war and genocide on future generations of both victims and perpetrators. Given recent events in Darfur, Rwanda and Serbia, this film provides relevant and timely insight into the difficult process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the long-term consequences of hatred.


“Recommended. The story of two women profoundly affected by their ancestors.”

Barb Bergman Educational Media Reviews Online

"3 1/2 Stars ...a powerful meditation on the psychological connection between generations. Highly Recommended."

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  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
  • Activating Human Rights Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Doc Film Festival
  • Jewish Woman Film Festival
  • Houston Jewish Film Festival


Cynthia Connop

Cynthia is the founder and co-facilitator of the Living Love workshop program. Cynthia has been exploring transformational work for over 25 years, is a personal growth facilitator and documentary filmmaker. She has facilitated numerous workshops – including the Heart of Woman, Meeting the Muse and culminating in the Living Love program for Men and Women, which is inspired by author and teacher David Deida.

Cynthia is passionate about creating an awakened, loving planet. Her pioneering film projects include the feature documentary SACRED SEX, the David Deida video SPIRIT SEX LOVE, AND SPIRITUAL TERRORIST on the Indian mystic, Osho. Her most recent film BLOODLINES (ABC TV) explores a healing encounter between two women from both sides of the Holocaust.

In her private consultations Cynthia draws on her skills in masculine/feminine polarity, sacred sexuality, voice dialogue, creativity coaching and the yoga of love. (8/14)


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