Stefan Roloff

The Red Orchestra

A Movie on DVD by Stefan Roloff

The 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.

Danger invaded normalcy ... the bright quotidian landscape ... threatens to tumble at any moment.

   —The New York Times
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.