NO PASARAN - The Film.

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  "What did you fight for?" This question makes the 96 years old Austrian Gerhard Hoffmann, a former member of the Internationale Brigades and the French Résistance, who had been fighting against Fascism, very thoughtful: "How can I tell you this in a few words?" 


NO PASARAN goes out in search for answers on a journey across Europe to meet the last contemporary witnesses of these events. In the focus of this multinational documentary film are the life paths and fates of Vincent Almudever and his brother Joseph Almudever (meanwhile living in France), Rosario Sanchez Mora (Spain), Herman Scheerboom (Netherlands), Giovanni Pesce and his wife Onorina Brambilla Pesce (Italy), Kurt Goldstein (Germany) and Gerhard Hoffmann (Austria). When they were volunteering to join the fight, they all were teenagers. But nobody of them expected a 10 years´ odyssey over the battlefields of Europe and through the fascist concentration or extermination camps until the return back home.,

Director: Daniel Burkholz, Script: Daniel Burkholz, Sybille Fezer, Creative: Producer: Sybille Fezer, Interviews, Heike Geisweid, Sybille Fezer, Camera: Daniel Burkholz, Editor and Postproducer: Jan-Malte Enning,Runtime: 73 Minutes, Ratio: 16:9, Germany 2015

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Festivals and Awards

WINNER INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Festival del documentario d´Abruzzo 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Ekurhuleni International Film festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Out of Africa International Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Colour International Film Festival of India 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION EKO International Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Sose International Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION MEDIMED, Nomads of Documentary 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Naples Human Rights Film Festival 2015 — SPECIAL MENTION I Filmmaker International Film Festival — OFFICIAL SELECTION UK International Veterans Film Festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Kolkata International Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Ismailia International Film Festival 2016


Comments on the Film

A documentary which has long been overdue.  German Film Academy

With his documentary No Pasaran the German Daniel Burkholy has created a document of great historical value.  Maria Prieto Vazquez, Cadena SER

A fascinating film about men and women who had to pay a very high price for their conviction. More over a statement about the spirit that keeps Europe together.

Undoubtedly, this film will catch the interest of the democratic and freedom loving world.  Vincent Almudever, Resistance fighter in the Spanish Civil War and in the Second World War

The touching testimonials of the contemporary witnesses are the backbone of this film ... testimonials of inestimable historical and political value.  Carmela Negrete, Neues Deutschland

These men and women didn´t go to Mussolini´s or Hitler´s war. They rather tried to defeat Fascism, to prevent the mass murder. That´s why it is so valuable to hear more about them.  Peter Nowak, Freitag Online

They tell impressive about their fateful life paths and experiences - they tell about a time which has stolen them their youth.