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The Disappearence of Johanna Langefeld

Krakow, 1947 the trial of the SS KL Auschwitz-Birkenau staff begins. Missing the accused is SS-Oberaufseherin Johanna Langefeld, the chief SS-guard of the women's concentration camps. Langefeld disappeared from the Krakow prison in unclear circumstances before trial. For many years, the story of Johanna Langefeld was kept secret. The authors of the film set off into the past to explain the mystery of the disappearance of an SS woman.

  • Wladek Jurkow
  • Gerburg Rohde-Dahl
  • Wladek Jurkow
  • Gerburg Rohde-Dahl
  • Jan Kaczmarski
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Johanna Langefeld. Historia znikania
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Television
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Poland
  • Language:
    German, Polish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 61.Krakow Film Festival
    June 1, 2021
    World Premiere
  • 28th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
    Ann Arbor
    United States
    November 5, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Festival Competition
Distribution Information
  • Arkadia Film
    Sales Agent
    Country: Poland
    Rights: All Rights, Video on Demand
Director Biography - Wladek Jurkow, Gerburg Rohde-Dahl

WLADEK JURKOW - director/scriptwriter

Film director, journalist, cooperating with TVP, HBO, WDR. Author of documentary films and TV programmes, member of Polish archeological missions in Egypt and Sudan.

Selected productions:

2014 Faras 3D – stereoscopic 3d film for National Museum in Warsaw,
2008 African Dream – documentary for HBO,
2008 Secrets of the Nile Valley – documentary series for TVP2,
2006 Hanging Writer – documentary on Witold Gombrowicz, TVP1,
2005 J.G.Pinsel -The Forgotten Master – documentary on master of Baroque sculpture, Filmotwórnia and Polish Film Institute,
2002 The View From a Window - documentary on Polish painter Jan Cybis,TVP1
2001 The Nest - documentary for TVP 2,
1998 -2000 Franciszek Starowieyski’s tales about Art – TV series for TVP1, 25 episodes,
1997 Alles in Bester Verfassung - Polen – documentary for WDR

Awards and festivals:
„African Dream” 10 International Film Festival Rozstaje Europy 2009,
XVI Ogólnopolski Festiwal Filmowy Prowincjonalia 2009, Gdańsk DOC Film Festival 2009,
Docboat Warsaw Nonfiction E-Fest 2009,
Human Doc Film Festival Warszawa 2010
„Secrets oft he Nile Valley“
The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival (USA) 2009
AGON - International Meeting of Archaeological Film (Grecja) 2009
Grand Prix Festiwalu Filmów Archeologicznych w Krakowie 2010

Gerburg Rohde-Dahl – director / script

1974 -1979 University Bremen - German studies and history, since 1974 Filmproducer, director and script author for German TV RB/NDR/WDR/rbb/MDR and freelanced.

Selected documentaries, essays and feature films
• 2018 NOW AND THEN A BIRD FLEW BY, documental essay
• 2009 ONCE THERE WAS A ZEBRA / School Documentation FörMig Berlin
• 2008 EXPANSIVE GROUND , documental essay, screened at 21 filmfestivals
• 2001 DYING AND LIVING /documentary NDR
• 1995 KONSEQUENT INKONSEQUENT, The Painter Franz Radziwill /documentary RB/NDR/WDR
• 1972 – 1997 RAPPELKISTE und other series ~30 features for children ZDF
• 1984 1. Award Internationalal Festival for Children and Juvenils Gijon
• 1985 Award of PEACE Villa Ichon Bremen
• 2009 SPIRIT AWARD 2nd chashama Filmfestival
• 2010 AWARD 5th place in the "Documentary" category The Indie Gathering Filmfestival
• 2010 AWARD SCREENPLAY Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival
• 2010 AWARD FOR BEST REPORTAGE 28th Festival du Film du L’ Art FIFA

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