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NO PASARAN - A story of men and women who fought against Fascism.

WINNER Festival del documentario d´Abruzzo 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Peloponnisos International Documentary Film Festival 2017 -OFFICIAL SELECTION AFC Global Fest - OFFICIAL SELECTION AM Egypt Film Festival 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Ekurhuleni International Film Festival 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION No Pasaran - Remembrance and Solidarity 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Liberation Day 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Festa della Liberazione 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 Tag der Befreiung 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."

"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

  • Daniel Burkholz
    Women for Justice, Rajasthan by the Roadside, Brigadistas, Half a Million Public Enemies, Ganesha in Hamm
  • Daniel Burkholz, Sybille Fezer
    Brigadistas, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Rajasthan 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 Enning
    Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas, Rajasthan by the Roadside
  • Sybille Fezer
    Creative Producer
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Jan-Malte Enning
    Post Production
    Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Susanne Luise Baberg
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 19, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain
  • Language:
    Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Roadside - Filme mit Courage
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Daniel Burkholz

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.

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Director Statement

My work is my way to take a standpoint.