DER KRIEG IN MIR

THE WAR IN ME

By Sebastian HEINZEL

HEINZELFILM GMBH - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

New research from epigenetics indicates that enormous stress experiences change the genetic make-up. Sebastian Heinzel explores the effects of WWII on his family and discovers unexpected connections to his own past and his war dreams, which have been haunting him for years.

Festivals
& Awards

International Documentary Filmfestival Munich 2019
Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, Historical
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, SWITZERLAND
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, ENGLISH, RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastian HEINZEL
    • Writer(s)
    • Sebastian HEINZEL
    • Producer(s)
    • Sebastian HEINZEL (HEINZELFILM GMBH), Vadim JENDREYKO (MIRA FILM), Susanne GUGGENBERGER (MIRA FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • How much soldier is still alive in me?", Sebastian Heinzel asks himself when he learns from the Wehrmacht archives that his grandfather fought in Russia during the Second World War. Grandpa Hans didn't mention this mission in his family until his death. Inspired by the discoveries the filmmaker travels to the places where his grandfather was stationed as a soldier. He encounters unexpected connections to his own life and to his war dreams, which have been haunting him for decades. Sebastian involves his father in his confrontation, which brings the two closer together and breaks the silence that also shaped his father. The film shows how knots in one's own family history can be loosened and how changes can be made.

      With the help of scientists, therapists and authors, the director explores how far-reaching collective events such as flight, expulsion and genocide reach into the second and third generations. New research from epigenetics indicates that enormous stress experiences change the genetic make-up. These are groundbreaking insights that make it clear what inheritance the descendants carry on their shoulders - often without being aware of it.

      Against the background of the global refugee crisis and international tensions, the film tells of the long-term consequences of the war and our task to deal with it in order to make healing and reconciliation possible.