Films that fall outside other categories yet merit their own screenings.
USA, 2016, 76 min., Color, English and German
The most unbelievable aspect to this far-fetched story is that it’s all actually true. THE LIBERATORS examines the case of the “Quedlinburg Treasures,” a collection of medieval artifacts that went missing in Germany at the end of World War II despite having been tightly guarded. Did the American troops play a part in the vanishing of these items? And if so, was it an outright theft or an attempt to preserve ancient masterpieces? Willi Korte has made a career out of recovering stolen art and this film documents his indefatigable journey in tracing these lost relics. His expedition takes him from Europe to the established art world of New York City, before the mystery finally culminates in the small, sleepy town of Whitewright, TX. Stellar production values, excellent historical footage and expert testimony add rich layers to this outrageous and riveting tale, which—at present day—remains somewhat unsolved.
— Bridgette Poe
Willi Korte, Dick DeGuerin, Tom Kline, Robert Edsel
Cassie Hay is a writer and producer based in Austin, Texas. She earned her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Hay's scope of video and film work includes everything from major film productions such as FOR COLORED GIRLS (2010) and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013), to the television series Bored to Death and Law and Order.
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