Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Is it okay to make jokes about the Shoa? Director Ferne Pearlstein talks to Jewish comedians and celebs like Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, Rob Reiner, his father Carl and SNL vet Alan Zweibel, using film clips, rare archival footage and an interview with a Holocaust survivor to explore where humor ends and horror begins. We see cabaret in the camps and laughter against suffering. An illuminating doc with serious overtones and spot-on punchlines.

tags: Documentary, History, Humor, War

With: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Renee Firestone, Abraham Foxman


Screenplay: Robert Edwards, Ferne Pearlstein

Director of Photography: Ferne Pearlstein, Anne Etheridge

Film Editor: Ferne Pearlstein

Sound: Richard Fleming, Nico Ruderman

Producer: Ferne Pearlstein, Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Jan Warner

Production Company: Tangerine Entertainment

Co-Producer: Anne Etheridge, Dori Stegman

Co-Production Company: Common Pilgrim LLC

Director: Ferne Pearlstein


Ferne Pearlstein graduated from the International Center for Photography, New York City, and the Stanford documentary department. She worked as cinematographer, editor, screenwriter and director, winning numerous awards. Her doc SUMO EAST AND WEST (2003), which she produced, directed and edited, was screened at several international festivals and on PBS‘ Independent Lens series. She also directed DITA AND THE FAMILY BUSINESS and three short films.