Watermarks (2005)

Watermarks
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 24mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Yaron Zilberman Director n/a 2 2000001
Yonatan Israel Producer n/a 3 3000001
Yaron Zilberman Producer n/a 3 3000002
Paul Rozenberg Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Amir Ben-Zion Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Mojdeh Danial Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Shlomo Israel Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Philippa Kowarsky Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Ronen Dorfan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Yonatan Israel Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Yaron Zilberman Screenplay n/a 120778 4000003
Tom Hurwitz Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Yuval Shar Editor n/a 172 7000001
Ruben Korenfeld Editor n/a 172 7000002
Tully Chen Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000001
Synopsis
The story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah (meaning "Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. Its founders were eager to popularize sport among a community renowned for such great minds as Freud, Mahler and Zweig--but traditionally alien to physical recreation. Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic clubs, while achieving astonishing success in many diverse sports. In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers, who dominated national competitions in Austria. After the Anschluss, in 1938, the Nazis shut down the club, but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out, thanks to an escape operation. Sixty-five years later, director Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around the world, and arranges for them to have a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna, a journey that evokes memories of youth, femininity, and strengthens lifelong bonds. Told by the swimmers, now in their eighties, the chronicle is about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best. It is the saga of seven outstanding athletes who still swim daily as they age with grace.
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