Watermarks (2005)

This is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes, Hakoah… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Consensus: Watermarks is a moving and fascinating look at how the Nazi-fication of Germany in the 1930s affect a group of Jewish women swimmers.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Zilberman's storytelling is a little jumpy, but his documentary is a fitting tribute to seven women whose strength of mind and character, as much as their physical prowess, was developed by the organization that ensured their survival.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

What a delightful group they are -- sharp, witty, chic survivors who forged new lives and successful careers in new countries.

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Urban Cinefile

Surprisingly complex and moving, Yaron Silberman's vibrantly nostalgic documentary succeeds because it is about more than its surface subjects, young Jewish women who were champion swimmers in the 1930s whose lives were interrupted by the war.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Modest, moving and intelligently assembled.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Not especially lively filmmaking, but Zilberman has unearthed some terrific footage of the club in its heyday.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The film's real power comes from the women's personalities.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

His film, both reverent and affectionate, has at its heart a story that richly deserves the telling.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A touching film, providing a glimpse into yet another hidden story about the history of European Jews before the arrival of the Nazis.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

That the film is watchable is largely due to the women, any of whom could have been the subject of a better, considerably more focused film.

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