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The past that lives

Fortnight 1971, Feature film, 65'


This film documents the life of the late Jewish historian and author Prof. Jacques Presser. Presser took fifteen years to write his book « Ashes in the Wind: The Destruction of Dutch Jewry, » which created a storm of controversy because it exposed many members of the Dutch bourgeois who collaborated with the Nazis. Also directed by Philo Bregstein: In Search of Jewish Amsterdam.


Philo Bregstein

Born in Netherlands, he is a writer and a filmmaker who has lived for years between Paris and Amsterdam. After a law degree, he graduated in screenwriting and filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He is a writer of novels and essays. He is also a director of fiction and documentary films, plus a journalist, mainly for The Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. He directed the film Jean Rouch and his camera in the heart of Africa; he was co-writer of the film of Jean Rouch Madame l’Eau. He played in Jean Rouch’s films.

Prof. Jacques Presser

Philo Bregstein

Anton Haakman

Prod : Philo Bregstein
Brouwersgracht 220

Title in Original Version : Le passé qui demeure