‘Edita’: Chilean documentary about Czech woman persecuted by the Nazis is now available in streaming | Arts and Culture

‘Edita’: Chilean documentary about Czech woman persecuted by the Nazis is now available in streaming | Arts and Culture
‘Edita’: Chilean documentary about Czech woman persecuted by the Nazis is now available in streaming | Arts and Culture

After a successful year touring national festivals (such as FIDOCS, FECINA and FICIQQ) and international festivals (such as the New York International Film Women Festival, Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest and the Bariloche Audiovisual Festival), Miradoc premieres the documentary “Edita” in streaming , the directorial debut of the prominent Chilean makeup artist Pamela Pollak, produced by Pollak Films, by the same director together with Carolina Ojalvo and Cristóbal Sotomayor.

After eleven years of research, filming and editing, the feature film reconstructs the story of Edita, a woman who represented a dark and mysterious side of the filmmaker’s family, which she will try to reveal to understand her own present.

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Thanks to Miradoc, “Edita” is available throughout Latin America on streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Youtube, Totalplay, Izzi, and through Miradoc’s VOD space on Vimeo.

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“Since I was a child I was attracted to photography,” says director Pamela Pollak. “My grandfather and my father were photographers, so the family photography tradition always marked us. Then, over time, I began to think about what is outside the photographic frame: ‘how did this or that shot come about?’, ‘what was happening outside the frame?’ or ‘where is the story that is not seen in the photo?’. That’s how I started with the research, memories of conversations, visiting relatives, strange languages, an accent in Spanish, endless stimuli for my curiosity,” she says.

Edita was one of the first women to study at the renowned Bauhaus, part of the Nazi resistance in the former Czechoslovakia and Chile, and a single mother; She had insurrectionary traits for her time, as she was excluded from a family that called her “crazy” and separated her from her son.

Through the diverse archival material such as photographs and letters, Edita’s character and personality are glimpsed, and how difficult it was for her to demonstrate her abilities and mental health, preventing her from being able to love and fight for her convictions, ending up isolated and silenced.

You can see its trailer below

Synopsis

Jarda arrives in Chile from Europe, with her VHS camera and the ashes of her mother Edita, fulfilling the promise of bringing her to the land where she lived her happiest period, after fleeing the Nazis. Intrigued by her family myth, her director reconstructs her story to discover who her great-aunt was. Through 500 letters that Edita writes to her mother from Prague, the decline of a woman declared crazy by Stalinism and locked in a sanatorium is evident. The myth of Edita reveals an extemporaneous woman; feminist belonging to the intellectual elite of the Bauhaus, single mother, harassed by the Czechoslovak secret police and tragically separated from Jarda.

Data sheet

Title: Edit
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 74 min
Country Chile
Director: Pamela Pollak Aguiló
Screenplay: Pamela Pollak, Coti Donoso, Jarda Rindler and Pepe Torres
Photography direction / Camera: Alejandro Peralta, Jarda Rindler, Pepe Torres and Pamela Pollak Aguiló
Producer: María Carolina Ojalvo, Cristóbal Sotomayor and Pamela Pollak Aguiló
Editing: Titi Viera Gallo and Coti Donoso
Production House: Pollak Films
Post producer and Animations: Daniel Dávila
Color post production: Cineteca Nacional de Chile
Original Music: Subhira (Rodrigo Cepeda)
Sound Post: Aural

 
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