a film by Regine Dura
a LICHTBLICK FILM production
in co-production with ZDF/arte
supported by BKM, Film und Medienstiftung NRW, Media Programme, Documentary Campus, DEFA Stiftung, Archidoc/La Fémis
75 minutes / color / HDCam, Digi-Beta
September 8, 1948. The overseas landing stage of Cape Town harbour is crowded with a group of middle aged men. They are waiting for children from Germany. The fathers-to-be are members of the right-wing Broederbond in South Africa, stalwart believers in „Apartheid“. Behind the children’s transport stands an unprecedented adoption scheme: Nazi elite offspring of „Aryan blood“ shall insure „good genes“ and help to „stay white on a black continent “.
Three years after WW II, 83 blond and blue-eyed children are sent to South Africa, among them Werner Schellack and Peter Ammermann, 2 resp. 6 years old. The film tells their life stories, how they struggled to adapt to an unsettling and racist environment and how far they went in their arrangements. On the surface their lives seem settled for a long time, but with the fall of Apartheid, the old wounds open again...
White Blood is a film about the abuse of children in the name of an ideology and their struggle for identity.
written/directed by: Regine Dura
DoP: Johann Feindt
produced by: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
commissioning editor: ZDF/arte Sabine Bubeck-Paaz
editor: Catrin Vogt
music: Michael Klaukien, Andreas Lonardoni
sound: Thomas Lüdemann, Jule Cramer
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm 2012