104 min or 55min original Hebrew, German version with English or German subtitles available. Theatrical release October 14, 2021
Yaar is a young Jewish Berliner who dreams of being a game designer someday. He associates nothing with Judaism but lambs being led to the slaughter house. He accuses his father of suffering from the Holocaust despite never even having experienced it firsthand. Yaar rebels by developing a computer game: "Shoah. When God was asleep". He creates a virtual Germany of the 1940s where Jews can defend themselves and Nazis don't necessarily have to be bad guys. Then, his own family's history turns his plans upside down. TACHELES - The Heart of the Matter - shows how the traumas of the survivors can even make their ways into the third generation's lives. The film asks the burning question from the perspective of a 21-old: What does Holocaust have to do with me today?
2020 CLIO 2020 Nomination – Moving History Festival Award DOK.fest Munich Kassel Dokfest
2021 Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York Nomination German Documentary Award 2021 Achtung Berlin Filmfestival
Cast and Crew
Director Jana Matthes, Andrea Schramm
Producer Andrea Schramm, Jana Matthes
Director of Photography Lars Barthel, Andrej Johannes Thieme