Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In order to become “Miss Holocaust Survivor”, they train with an ex-beauty queen who teach them how to catwalk on the red carpet. At the climatic moment of the night, the survivors have to impress a jury with their life stories and their traumatic memories. This surreal event is sponsored by a right-wing Evangelical organization. Focusing on the story of Sophie Leibowitz who participates to honor her recently deceased sister, “The Pageant” explores how memory, politics and spectacle are interconnected.
2020 Visions du Réel, Nyon - Compétition Internationale Longs Métrages Sarajevo Film Festival - Documentary Competition Jerusalem International Film Festival Odessa International Film Festival - European Documentary Competition Istanbul Film Festival - National Documentary Competition Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - National Documentary Competition Human Rights Film Festival Lugano Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote İstanbul Modern Sinema
Cast and Crew
Director Eytan Ipeker
Producer Yoel Meranda (yoelmeranda) (Kamara - Turkey), Carine Chichkowsky (Survivance - France), Eitan Mansuri (Spiro Films - Israel), Jonathan Doweck (Spiro Films - Israel), Kristina Konrad (weltfilm gmbh)