MHM Film Club: “The Restless Conscience”

The Melbourne Holocaust Museum Film Club will be screening “The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler Within Germany 1933-1945” (1992) 113 mins, USA. Directed by Hava Kohav Beller.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with Guest Speaker: Dr Adam Brown, Senior Lecturer In Media, Communication And Public Relations, Deakin University.

In 1944, at least 170 German citizens were brought to trial and convicted as participants in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. This was not an isolated act, but rather the last of more than 20 attempts to overthrow the Nazi Regime.

Powerful and provocative, Academy Award nominee THE RESTLESS CONSCIENCE explores the motivating principles and activities of the anti-Nazi resistance inside Germany from 1933 to 1945.

The film is a deeply moving portrayal of individual destinies, focusing on the moral and political evolution of individuals whose conscience was at odds with an overpowering national consensus.

Hava Kohav Beller’s THE RESTLESS CONSCIENCE highlights the tension between individual responsibility to a personal ethical code, and to a tyrannical political system. In telling their story, the film recognizes those who, despite mortal danger to themselves and their families, had the courage to uphold essential human values.

The aim of the MHM Film Club is to view and discuss films about the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights issues. Monthly film screenings are followed by guest speakers and informal discussion.