Berga: Soldiers of Another War reveals the untold story of 350 American prisoners of war caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust. It is the final work in the distinguished 50 year career of late documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, winner of four Academy Awards. His personal connection to the story compelled him to write, direct and narrate the film.
PLAYING SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
About the Filmmaker
Charles Guggenheim, a Washington, DC based filmmaker, has achieved an international reputation in the area of documentary films. Described by The Saturday Review’s film critic, Hollis Alpert, as “probably the most accomplished maker of documentary films in the country,” Guggenheim has won top awards in every major international film competition.
Producing films for television and theatrical release, Guggenheim has received the George Foster Peabody Award in broadcasting, twelve Academy Award nominations, and four Academy Awards.
The Venice Film Festival’s XI Gold Mercury Award for Guggenheim’s “Monument to the Dream” marked the first time in the Festival’s history that the award was given to an American.
The first of Guggenheim’s four Academy Awards was received for “Nine from Little Rock,” which chronicles the Arkansas school integration crisis and the changes wrought in subsequent years. “RFK Remembered,” a film biography of Robert F. Kennedy that captures the late Senator’s life and puts his death into perspective, received the second Academy Award. The third Award went to “The Johnstown Flood,” a film commemorating the 100th anniversary of the famous disaster. Guggenheim’s most recent Academy Award was received in 1995 for “A Time For Justice,” the story of the Civil Rights Movement.
Guggenheim was with the 106th Infantry. He died in October of 2002. Seven month before completing this six year documentary project he contracted pancreatic cancer. He dedicated the last six weeks of his life to complete this film.