Private Project

The Philosopher (Zeitzeuge und Philosoph)

Robert Steigerwald became a fighter pilot in the Nazi airforce and was a loyal follower of the Nazi system. But things changed for him, when his mother told him that his grandfather and the grandfather's family were german jews - they all were murdered during the Holocaust. After the war, he first joined the Social-Democrat Party and soon became one of there young shooting stars. Kurt Schumacher was his mentor but they came at odds because Schumacher was willing to support a war against the Soviet Union - if necessary. Therefore Robert Steigerwald left the SPD and became a member of the Communist party. Because he engaged himself against the rearmament of Western Germany, he was imprisoned for more than five years.

  • Daniel Burkholz
    Director
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Writer
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Producer
  • Robert Steigerwald
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Camera
  • Sybille Fezer
    Creative Producer
  • Jan-Malte Enning
    Editor
  • Jan-Malte Enning
    Post Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2013
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Roadside - Filme mit Courage
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Daniel Burkholz

Daniel Burkholz is an award winning filmmaker, producer and lawyer. He worked as editor of a scientific magazine. Later, he worked as leading officer in the fields of environment protection and education. After an intermezzo as divemaster, he studied the nomad's culture of the Sinai, the Great Thar desert, and the Aborigine's culture in Queensland. In 2005, Daniel Burkholz founded his first film company Roadside Dokumentarfilm. The United Nations and NGOs in many countries use Roadside films for their work. More over, the films have been officially selected for more than 100 film festivals, fests and film series around the world.

Der preisgekrönte Filmemacher, Produzent und Rechtsassessor Daniel Burkholz war langjährig im Umweltschutz- und Bildungsbereich und auch als Rechtsanwalt tätig. Nach einem Intermezzo als Divemaster studierte er die Kultur der Nomaden des Sinai, der Großen Thar Wüste und der Aborigines in Queensland. 2005 gründete Daniel Burkholz seine erste Filmfirma Roadside Dokumentarfilm. Die Vereinten Nationen und Menschenrechtsorganisationen in vielen Ländern nutzen die Roadside Filme für ihre Arbeit. Die Filme wurden bereits für über 100 Filmfestivals, Filmfeste und Filmreihen in aller Welt offiziell ausgewählt.

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Director Statement

My work is my way to take a standpoint.