The brothers Günther and Heinz Barisch don’t often share the same opinion. But when It comes to their former homeland the eyes of both are glistening. The town Zülz is now called Biała and belongs to Poland since the end of World War II. But for the brothers it has remained the small German Upper Silesian village which they had to leave around 75 years ago. Film maker Michael Kalb and Timian Hopf accompany them on a journey to the past and visits the places of their childhood.
But what will happen if the people and their memories die? Besides the Barisch Bros. film maker Kalb interviewed 35 contemporary witnesses who still can tell about the time between 1930 and 1950. Like a mosaic of memories “Children Of Yesterday” makes the daily life, the cruelty and contradictions of the “Third Reich” as well as the chaos after the end of war tangible. Thereby the documentary draws parallels between the stories of the witnesses to our present time. Without pointing out concrete happenings we will see that those stories of the past are more relevant than ever.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Michael Kalb, born 1989, is a German filmmaker and graduate of the University of Television and Film in Munich, working world-wide. He has studied and worked on a variety of film projects in Los Angeles, San Diego and New York City, working with companies such as Voltage Pictures, the Bavarian Film Studios and film production pool within the Beta Film Group.
Currently working as a producer and documentary film maker, Kalb has won a variety of scholarships and awards, including the Student Competition at IDFA 2019 with the short “Saudade” he produced. He also contributed a multipage case study about the European film market and copyright to the second edition of the book “The Business of Film: A Practical Introduction” which was published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).