Watermarks | Chicago Reader


This 2004 Israeli documentary by Yaron Zilberman profiles a group of Jewish women who became international swimming champs as part of Hakoah, an Austrian league founded in 1909 after racial laws excluded Jews from gentile sporting associations. Unfortunately their story ends just as it becomes most provocative: Judith Deutsch, who defied Hitler by refusing to compete in the Berlin Olympics in 1936, recedes from view as her other teammates convene for a reunion in Vienna, facing not only painful memories but younger generations who can't resist reminding them of their otherness. In English and subtitled German, Hebrew, and Yiddish. 77 min.

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