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Watermarks is a moving and fascinating look at how the Nazi-fication of Germany in the 1930s affect a group of Jewish women swimmers. Read critic reviews

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Taking its name from the Hebrew word for strength, the Hakoah Vienna sports club produced a host of talented female swimmers, who thrived in opposition to anti-Semitic trends that began to color Austrian society in the early 20th century. The club was a casualty of Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s, but several of the women who were team members went on to live long, colorful lives. Now senior citizens, they're reunited in this documentary about sports, survival and bravery.

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  • Zilberman's storytelling is a little jumpy, but his documentary is a fitting tribute to seven women whose strength of mind and character, as much as their physical prowess, was developed by the organization that ensured their survival.

    June 3, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Modest, moving and intelligently assembled.

    June 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • His film, both reverent and affectionate, has at its heart a story that richly deserves the telling.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • What a delightful group they are -- sharp, witty, chic survivors who forged new lives and successful careers in new countries.

    April 1, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Not especially lively filmmaking, but Zilberman has unearthed some terrific footage of the club in its heyday.

    March 31, 2005
  • A touching film, providing a glimpse into yet another hidden story about the history of European Jews before the arrival of the Nazis.

    February 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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