In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (2011)

In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery

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In Heaven, Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery is an enchanting journey into history that celebrates life and the immortality of memories. North of Berlin's noisy city centre, surrounded by a jungle of trees and lush foliage, lies the peaceful and secluded 130-year-old Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe. Its one hundred acres hold 115,000 graves and a meticulous archive record. The cemetery has never closed, and was one of the few institutions … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Britta Wauer
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Interviews with the cemetery director and with adults who grew up in buildings on the outskirts convey something we might not have imagined, or bothered to imagine-affection for a cemetery.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
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A playful, poetic and all-around charming documentary, an off-center look at an unusual institution.

Full Review… | January 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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In Heaven, Underground is an oddity: an upbeat film about a cemetery.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
New York Post
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There are fascinating stories to be told, and we do get a few. But much of the movie feels padded, as if Wauer didn't uncover quite enough substance to fill out her chronicle.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
New York Daily News
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"In Heaven, Underground" captures the aura of the Weissensee in its many layers. The sense of place may be expected, but it's also poetic and exquisite.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
New York Times
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Most people wouldn't expect a film that's inherently about death (and, to a lesser extent, the Holocaust) to be uplifting, but the gentle, tender documentary In Heaven, Underground ultimately achieves it.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
AV Club
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