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The German Doctor

Director - Lucia Puenzo
Run Time - 93 minutes
Languages - Spanish and German w/ English Subtitles
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2013
Genre - Foreign Drama

Educational Interests- Anthropology, Argentina, Family Relations, History (World), Human Rights, Jewish Studies, Justice, Latin America, Law & Legal Studies, Medicine, Political Science, World War II

Institutional DVD Price: $295

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemuhl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice.

The time Josef Mengele spent in Bariloche, Argentina is the most mysterious period of his hideout in Latin America. All that is known is that Mengele worked as a veterinarian, experimenting with the Argentine cattle, while he secretly continued his research buying blood samples of pregnant women. Mengele was a fanatic who saw himself as a visionary with this extraordinary historical opportunity: the essence of his ideology was to achieve biological perfection and to destroy anything interfering with this goal. This biomedical vision is at the heart of the Nazi movement, and not just tangential to its war.

Based on filmmaker Lucia Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.

"A chilling, original tale." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A quiet knockout." - The Washington Post