Public Lecture & Documentary Exhibition Movie Screening: JA, ANDREI IWANOWITSCH



the Public Lecture & Documentary Exhibition Movie Screening: “JA, ANDREI IWANOWITSCH” will take place on 20 March at 9:30 in Media Room 604, Ilha Verde Campus.

About the Movie:

“This film is dedicated to our friend Andrei Iwanowitsch. Andrei is one of the last survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and one of the very few who is physically and mentally well. He lives in Minsk, Belarus. We got acquainted five years ago, at that time I had just moved from Germany to Belarus for a new job. In my spare time, I volunteered for the History Workshop Minsk. The History Workshop is a Belarusian-German educational project that supports survivors of the Nazi terror. Many years ago, during my civil service in Krakow, Poland, I was taking care of former prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp, memory work became important to me since that time. At the History Workshop I met Andrei Iwanowitsch. As he was preparing for a trip to Germany, we studied German together. He was eager to learn, and so we began to meet more often in order to speak German. The better we got to know each other over these years, the more he divulged about himself, his life, his beliefs and sentiments, the more he fascinated me. Eventually I apprehended it as an obligation, necessity and wonderful opportunity to chronicle some of this. I didn’t want to make another bleak and didactic film about contemporary witnesses of that time. I wanted to create something close to life, something reflecting Andrei’s serene spirit and vehement lust for life.” – Hannes Farlock

About Andrei Iwanowitsch

Andrei Iwanowitsch, the hero of the film, is one of the last survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and one of the very few who is physically and mentally well. He lives in Minsk, Belarus. We accompanied Andrei with our camera over the course of almost three years. We harvested honey on his dacha; travelled with him and his best friend Albert Albertowitsch to Weimar on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald; met Martin Schulz, former President of the European Parliament; filmed Andrei in countless everyday situations. One thing we learned during this time, we had never met such an extraordinary person before. A person not railing against his fate, encountering each day and each person with curiosity; a person who suffered yet didn’t become embittered. A person described as serene and helpful by everyone who knows him. A good person.

About Hannes Farlock

Hannes Farlock was born 1981 in Erlangen, Germany. Staging and managing projects has been his interest ever since. Therefore, he studied Culture and Event Management. During his studies, he founded a student theatre group at his university and staged contemporary plays. During his professional career he had the chance to build on this, he was part of various film projects out of which he developed a deep interest for telling real life stories himself. The last 10 years he worked and traveled extensively in Eastern Europe. “Ja, Andrei Iwanowitsch” is his first own feature-length documentary project.


Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
Time: 9:30 AM –  12:00 PM
Location: Media Room 604, 6/F Academic building, USJ Ilha Verde Campus
Language: English

Organiser: Prof. José Simões – Department of Media, Arts & Technology / USJ Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Moderated by: Fr. Franz Gassner 

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*This is a free event and open to the general public