Three Minutes - A Lengthening

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

Netherlands | 2021 | 69 min. | Bianca Stigter

August 26 - September 1, 2022

Three minutes of footage, shot by David Kurtz in 1938, are the only moving images remaining of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk, Poland before the Holocaust.

Friday's film opening will be in partnership with Tamar Simon of Mean Streets Management, ADL Pacific Northwest - Anti-Defamation League, Holocaust Center for Humanity, International March of the Living, JDC (The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), Overton Venture Capital, and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

As a child, David Kurtz emigrated from Poland to the United States. In 1938 he returned to Europe for asightseeing trip and whilst there he visited Nasielsk, the town of his birth. Specifically for this trip, hebought a 16mm camera, then still a novelty rarely seen in a small town never visited by tourists. Eighty years later his ordinary pictures, most of them in color, have become something extraordinary. They are the only moving images that remain of Nasielsk prior to the Second World War. Almost all the people we see were murdered in the Holocaust.

Three Minutes - A Lengthening is an experiment that turns scarcity into a quality. Living in a time marked by an abundance of images that are never viewed twice, we do the opposite here: circle the same moments again and again, convinced that they will give us a different meaning each time. The film starts and ends with the same unedited found footage, but the second time you will look at it quite differently.

  • Director: Bianca Stigter
  • Principal Cast: Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter
  • Country: Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 69 min.
  • Producer: Floor Onrust
  • Screenplay: Bianca Stigter
  • Editors: Katharina Wartena
  • Music: Wilko Sterke
  • Language: English, Polish, Yiddish, German
  • US Distributor: SuperLTD
  • International Sales: Autlook Filmsales