Private Project

Point symmetry

A video portrait of two Boston-based middle-aged women, whose parents were experiencing the extreme opposites of Worl War II. Ute Gfrerer’s father was a German soldier and a member of the Nazi Youth, yet Lisa Rosowsky’s parents and grandparents of Jewish descent were sent to Auschwitz. Her father Andre was one of few members of her family who survived the genocide.
The short film is be based on their past stories and the
evening 'For our fathers' they organize, that is explored by songs and drawings as instruments of living through their grief and legacy. 'For our fathers' is a moving program of Holocaust-related songs—poems set to music by composers such as Kurt Weill, Norbert Glanzberg, and Hermann Leopoldi—matched with artwork that explores family history and memory.

  • Anna Panova
    Director
  • Anna Panova
    Producer
  • Kuldeep Gangola
    Editor
  • Olga Sheluhova
    Color correction
  • Vladislav Markov
    Camera assistant
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300 Mark 2
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Anna Panova

Anna Panova is a Journalist, Director, and Producer originally from Moscow, Russia. As a journalist, she contributed to many major media outlets, including Rolling Stone magazine. Since moving to New York City, Anna has now acquired years of experience in a multitude of skills for producing and directing videos as well as coordinating video shoots. As a distinguished producer she worked on a number of projects including award-winning short films ‘Paperthin’( 2018), that participated in many international film festivals including Toronto Queer Film Festival, Fullbright LA film festival, Last frame, I pride and many others. Being a multimedia producer she also worked on the theatrical show ‘How we love/fuck that played at the legendary Cherry lane theater in West Village, NY, the longest continuously running off-broadway theater. Her last personal projects are short films ‘Point symmetry’ (2020) and ‘Epiales’ (2019), ‘Light and darkness’ (2018) (Offical selection of Lift-off sessions). ’Epiales’ is a short film that was a part of DOC NYC 2019, the largest documentary film festival in the US. Anna fully produced an NYC-based film festival called Shortie film festival. During its first year, it collected several hundreds of award-winning short films from all around the world. The projects she worked on were featured in major magazines including V magazine, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NME.

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Director Statement

This short documentary is about two women’s enormous family trauma that is very relatable for a lot of people around the globe. Thousands if not millions can relate to their stories and try to understand how to go through painful experiences related to the past. I want my audience to see these inspirational examples of two women who have managed to turn the biggest tragedy of the 20th century into a social art project.