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Bettina Goering, grandniece of Herman Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Painter Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, cannot resolve her deep-rooted anger over the suffering of her parents and the loss of an older brother in the Holocaust. Bettina seeks out Ruth in an attempt to confront her enormous guilt and her fear that the capacity for evil is in her blood. When the women meet, their hidden guilt and rage clash in a series of intimate and extraordinary meetings.

Provocative and deeply moving, BLOODLINES by Cynthia Connop follows Ruth and Bettina as they face the past in their quest to heal the future. Their meetings are interspersed with individual interviews, powerful images from Ruth’s paintings “Songs of Darkness” and archival photos. This contemporary film brings to light, in a way never before seen, the unwritten cost of war and genocide on future generations of both victims and perpetrators. Given recent events in Darfur, Rwanda and Serbia, this film provides relevant and timely insight into the difficult process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the long-term consequences of hatred.

At a time when vast rifts between groups are tearing the world apart, this gripping and ultimately hopeful film is a beautiful testament to the power of reconciliation.

Bloodlines was filmed in Australia, USA and Germany and produced in the Northern Rivers, Australia.

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Photo of Bettina: 'It hurts what you tell me Photo of Bettina and Ruth after peace ceremony
Bettina: "It hurts what you tell me." Ruth and Bettina: "We have a friendship."

“Recommended. The story of two women profoundly affected by their ancestors.”
Barb Bergman
Educational Media Reviews Online

"A powerful meditation on the psychological connection between generations. Highly Recommended."
Video Librarian

"An excellent film"
Oded Guy
Executive Director JEWISH EYE - Film Festival

"Truly extraordinary!"
Loudoun County Public Library, VA USA


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An Enchanted Edge Media production. Copyright Australian Film Commission and Cynthia Connop 2007. Produced in association with the Australian Film Commission and the ABC.