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Monday, February 13

5:30 p.m.

Director Level Sponsored Screening



Naked Among Wolves

Director: Philipp Kadelbach

2015/Germany/105 minutes


German, Polish, French with English Subtitles


Just weeks before liberation, Buchenwald concentration camp prisoners risk their lives to hide a small Jewish child in Naked Among Wolves, a wrenching remake of the eponymous 1960s East German drama of the same name.

With Hitler’s downfall imminent and desperation setting in, resistance leaders prepare for a late March 1945 camp uprising, but their carefully laid plans are upended when a new inmate arrives with a three-year-old boy hidden in his suitcase. Prisoner Hans Pippig discovers the child and hides him in the storage room where he works. Though harboring the boy is seen as a threat for the entire underground movement, the inmates reluctantly band together to save the boy from certain death, an act of humanity in the face of unimaginable brutality.


Naked Among Wolves is based on the classic anti-fascist novel by communist prisoner Bruno Apitz (himself a Buchenwald survivor), which was translated into 30 languages and sold more than two million copies. Filming on location in Buchenwald with the careful supervision of historical experts and surviving witnesses, Emmy-winning director Philipp Kadelbach took the Bavarian TV Award for Best Director for this transfixing narrative of courageous men who audaciously risk everything for a higher ideal. –Atlanta Jewish Film Festival


Naked Among Wolves has screened at Jewish Film Festivals in Atlanta and Dallas, and internationally at the Berlin International Film Festival, among many others. Awards include the Audience Award for Best Narrative (Atlanta Jewish Film Festival), Best Directing (2015 Bavarian TV Awards), Best Cinematography (2016 German Television Academy Awards) and Best Movie Made for Television (2016 German Television Awards). Colorado Premiere.

*Mature Content; Graphic Violence