The Path to Nuclear Fission is the story of Lise Meitner, a brilliant Jewish physicist in 1930s Berlin. In 1907, Meitner came to Berlin as a shy young student from Vienna, and met the worldly Otto Hahn. They became close friends and colleagues, and they would make history when they discovered nuclear fission in 1938. This led to the invention of the atomic bomb, much to the horror of both. Hahn helped Meitner to flee from Nazi Germany to Sweden, but he would never credit her contribution when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945. This film, narrated by actress Linda Hunt, tells her story for the first time.
"Ms Reed's film honors the lives of women who were more than significant investigators and inventors. They were ‘all the right people.’”
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Rosemarie Reed is an award-winning producer of documentary films, and she travels the world. But the two places she calls home are New York and Berlin, Most of her work portrays women in science, politics, history and the arts, to document their achievements, plights, and legacies. Linda Hunt (above) is an Academy Award-winning actress best known from The Practice.
Narrator: Linda Hunt
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The Red Orchestra is a documentary about a Berlin-based resistance group that fought against the Third Reich inside Germany. The Gestapo labeled The Red Orchestra Communists and traitors for their efforts to fight Hitler, and so did the Allied Secret Services. But they held a variety of political and religious beliefs. Only recently have historians recognized them as one of the largest and most important resistance groups. This documentary, made by Stefan Roloff, the son of Helmut Roloff, one of the survivors, tells their story for the first time to an American audience, using a pioneering animation technique and powerful original footage.
"Danger invaded normalcy ... the bright quotidian landscape ... threatens to tumble at any moment.”
—The New York Times
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Stefan Roloff, a Berlin-born artist and filmmaker, has worked in Brooklyn, New York since 1982. He has directed this movie, his second documentary, and produced it with Daniel Elias and David Houts. The Red Orchestra is also a profile of his late father, Helmut Roloff, a resistance fighter against the Nazis in Berlin, where his family still lives. Roloff is also known for his digital art installations.
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Discs: 1 / Run Time: 81:00
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