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93 minutes


DIRECTOR: Ruth Beckermann

Kurt Waldheim’s controversial campaign to become President of Austria in 1986 sparked an international scandal. Although he had already served as UN Secretary General, it was now that his war-time activities returned to haunt him: had he in fact been involved in Nazi war crimes? Ruth Beckermann’s shocking and suspenseful account of the affair combines a wealth of archive footage with her own darkly reflective commentary. In our murky age of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ her insights are especially timely.


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