Film Series

Special Pre-Festival Screening: Labyrinth of Lies

  • September 29, 2015

  • Post-screening Conversation with
  • Author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Federal Prosecutor Eli M. Rosenbaum, and World Jewish Congress General Counsel Menachem Z. Rosensaft

This 2014 German film tells the story of a prosecutor in 1960′s West Germany who is determined to bring to justice the many ordinary citizens and civil servants who committed crimes against humanity in Auschwitz and other death camps during WWII.

Already a hit in France and Germany, and Germany’s official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, Labyrinth of Lies is scheduled to open in New York (Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Angelika Film Center) and Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 30th, followed by a national roll-out.

Post-screening discussion with bestselling author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, federal prosecutor and “Nazi-hunter” Eli M. Rosenbaum, and World Jewish Congress General Counsel Menachem Z. Rosensaft.

About the Film Festival

The annual FOLCS Film Series offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.