The Walnut Tree
2000 | 11 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 01722
“Elida Schogt brings craft back to the art of filmmaking; this non-sentimental film on family history and the Holocaust achieves more in 11 minutes than many six-hour epics on similar topics. The director makes every frame count.”
“Schogt returns to the well of her family's experience of the Holocaust, and finds elegant, elegiac use both for archive images and for the moments that were never captured.
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Toronto Festival of Festivals
- WYBE Through the Lens Series
A Toronto-based filmmaker, Elida Schogt has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. Her deeply personal film trilogy on Holocaust memory - Zyklon Portrait (1999), The Walnut Tree (2000) and Silent Song (2001) - has been seen around the globe, garnering numerous awards (most notably the Grand Prize at the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary & Short Film and special mention by the FIPRESCI jury at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam). In 2004, she produced her first mid-length film, 'ZERO the inside story.' Elida has been particularly interested in working with a combination of documentary, essay and narrative elements to reveal relationships between personal memory, consciousness and history. She is also a PhD Candidate at New York University. (8/14)