Directed by Edgar Reitz
While America watched Roots,
Germany watched Heimat with the same mixture of pride and shame that held a nation
spellbound. The riveting 16-hour film was the sensation
of the Munich, London and Venice Film Festivals and a huge hit in France and Germany. It
is the incredible interlocking saga of a German family from the end of World War I to
1982. Ambitious, grand, yet very intimate, Heimat is an incredible motion picture
chronicle--an immersion in the lives, loves and tragedies of the extended Simon family.
Shot over two years, the film features 28 leading performers, 140 speaking roles and a
cast of 5,000 non-professional actors. German with English subtitles.
"The film which allows to understand how the nazism was possible,
how the nazi system was constructed without knowledge of people who effectively