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Margarethe von Trotta

On November 28, 2012, H.E. Peter Ammon, Ambassador of Germany to the United States, will present the Leo Baeck Medal to German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta at LBI’s annual gala dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York

Margarethe von Trotta, one of the world’s leading filmmakers, has won awards all over the world for works that have often focused on strong women whose lives changed history.  Her latest film is a biographical portrait of Hannah Arendt, a controversial political philosopher who was an early Trustee of Leo Baeck Institute.

Ms. von Trotta will also participate in a panel discussion on “Ambiguity in Film” featuring filmmaker Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) and journalist and critic Renata Adler (former film critic, New York Times, writer, The New Yorker).


Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Waldorf-Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Reception: The Palm Room: 7:00 p.m.
Dinner: The Starlight Roof: 8:00 p.m.
Black Tie

To RSVP, please print and fill out the reply card and return with payment enclosed to the following address or call (212) 744-6400.

Margarethe von Trotta’s Award winning achievements include:

  • “Rosa Luxemburg” (1986) – nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and winner of the 1986 Bundesfilmpreis for the best German feature film. Barbara Sukowa won Best Actress for her portrayal of Luxemburg, a socialist/idealist who struggled for revolution in Poland and democracy in Germany.
  • “Rosenstrasse” (2003) – based on the 1943 protest in Berlin when the non- Jewish wives of Jewish husbands stood vigil for seven winter days and nights outside a Nazi prison on Rosenstrasse, successfully demanding the release of their spouses. The film received an award for best cinematography at the Bavarian Film Awards and the UNICEF award at the Venice Film Festival.
  • “Hannah Arendt” (2012) – This film, which will premiere in US theaters January 10, 2012, is a joint Israeli-French-German project, starring Barbara Sukowa as Arendt. It was written by Ms. von Trotta and Pam Katz, an American writer who worked on “Rosenstrasse” as well. Ms. von Trotta has said she believes the controversial Arendt is one of the most important thinkers of the last century.

The career of Margarethe von Trotta has clearly been shaped by the postwar context into which she was born. It was a time when Germany, women, politics, and society were being transformed by people whose ideas had an enormous impact on the 20th century. They also had a great influence on Ms. von Trotta, who has used the medium of film to try to understand – and help us understand – the world around us.