NO PASARAN - A film by Daniel Burkholz
FESTIVALS and AWARDS
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Festival del documentario d´Abruzzo 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Peloponnes International Documentary Festival 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AM Egypt Film Festival 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Ekurhuleni International Film Festival 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Sose International Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION Out of Africa International Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION MEDIMED, Nomads of Documentary 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Color International Film Festival of India 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION EKO International Film festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Naples Human Rights Film Festival 2015 - SPECIAL MENTION I Filmmaker International Film Festival 2015 - SHORTLIST UK International Veterans´Film Festival 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Kolkata International Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Ismailia International Film Festival 2016
“What did you fight for?“ This question makes the 96 years old Austrian Gerhard Hoffmann,
a former member of the Internationale Brigades and the French Résistance, who had been fighting against Fascism, very thoughtful: "How can I tell you this in a few words?" NO PASARAN goes out in search for answers on a journey across Europe to meet the last contemporary witnesses of these events. In the focus of this multinational documentary film are the life paths and fates of Vincent Almudever and his brother Joseph Almudever (meanwhile living in France), Rosario Sanchez Mora (Spain), Herman Scheerboom (Netherlands), Giovanni Pesce and his wife Onorina Brambilla Pesce (Italy), Kurt Goldstein (Germany) and Gerhard Hoffmann (Austria). When they were volunteering to join the fight, they all were teenagers. But nobody of them expected a 10 years´ odyssey over the battlefields of Europe and through the fascist concentration or extermination camps until the return back home.
"A documentary film which has long been overdue." German Film Academy
"I enjoyed the film very much... the subject was intriguing." Bill Meyer, The Hollywood Progressive
"With his documentary No Pasarán the German Daniel Burkholz has created a document
of great historical value." Maria Prieto Vazquez, Cadena SER
"These men and women didn’ t go to Mussolin’ s or Hitler’s war. They rather tried to defeat Fascism – to prevent the mass murder. That´s why it is so valuable to learn more about them." Peter Nowak, Freitag Online
"A fascinating film about men and women who had to pay a very high price for their conviction. More over a statement about the spirit that keeps Europe together." KINO.de
"Congratulations for your wonderful work of "memoria historica"." Alex Anfruns, INVESTIG'ACTION.
"No doubt, this film will catch the interest of the democratic and freedom loving world."
Vincent Almudever, Resistance fighter in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War
Bravo!!!! Paca Rimbau Hernández, Circulo Machado
Director: Daniel Burkholz, Creative Producer: Sybille Fezer, Interviews: Heike Geisweid,
Sybille Fezer, Camera: Daniel Burkholz, Editor and Postproducer: Jan-Malte Enning, Translator: Susanne Luise Baberg; 73 Min., 16:9, Germany 2015
The film is distributed by Roadside Dokumentarfilm.
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Daniel BurkholzDirectorWomen for Justice, Rajasthan by the Roadside, Brigadistas, Half a Million Public Enemies, Ganesha in Hamm
Daniel Burkholz, Sybille FezerWriterBrigadistas, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Daniel BurkholzProducerRajasthan by the Roadside, Brigadistas, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Ganesha in Hamm
Joseph Almudever, Vincent Almudever, Kurt Julius Goldstein, Gerhard Hoffmann, Rosario Sanchez Mora, Giovanni Pesce, Onorina Brambilla Pesce, Herman Scheerboom,Key Cast
Jan-Malte EnningEditorWomen for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Daniel BurkholzCameraWomen for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas, Rajasthan by the Roadside
Sybille FezerCreative ProducerNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Jan-Malte EnningPost ProductionWomen for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Susanne Luise BabergTranslator
Runtime:1 hour 13 minutes
Completion Date:January 25, 2015
Country of Origin:Germany
Country of Filming:Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain
Film Language:Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Film Color:Black & White and Color
Daniel Burkholz, born in Würzburg / Germany, is an award winning filmmaker. He first worked as journalist for newspaper and radio, as editor of a scientific magazine and also as photographer. Later, he worked in the fields of environment protection, education, civil rights, before he became a filmmaker. In 2005, he founded his company Roadside Dokumentarfilm. Since then, he is shooting and producing documentary films for cinema and TV. His films are succesfully presented on many international film festivals around the world.
“For me, filmmaking is a means to maintain a standpoint.“