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The Cantor of Swabia


The film tells the story of Richard Gölz, German theologian and legendary church musician. Nicknamed "The Cantor of Swabia," Gölz brought Reformation Music back into the Protestant Church in Southern Germany. In 1933, he pioneered the revival of Gregorian Chant. Towards the end of WWII, he was imprisoned for hiding Jews from Nazi persecution. After the war, he found himself unable to continue working with the Protestant Church. He became a Russian Orthodox priest and emigrated to the US with a congregation of Eastern European Displaced Persons. Back in his native Germany, his legacy was allowed to slip into oblivion. Since the 1990s, efforts are being made to bring back his memory. Today, he is remembered in Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum in Washington. This film brings his story to a broader audience for the first time.

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Winner: Silver Eddy, Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Documentary, Best Director of Foreign Documentary, Best Cinematography in a Documentary at Film Fest International, Berlin;

Official Selection: Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison; World Music and Independent Film Festival

Doc Market: Thessaloniki

Directed by: 
Sabine Gölz, Oleg Timofeyev
Writing credits: 
Sabine Gölz, Oleg Timofeyev
Heiner Gölz, Roswitha Alpers, Bernhard Leube, Konrad Klek, Anneliese Ebeling, Joachim Conrad, Konrad Gölz, Frieder Gölz, Elisabeth Hofmann, Hans-Peter Braun, Harry Wassmann, Milanko Djurdjulov, Zorka Boganovich, Nikola Djilas, Christine Eppler, Annegret Ernst-Weissert, Marica Jovanovich, Johannes Kassberger, Rüdiger Schloz
Produced by: 
Sabine Gölz
Music by: 
Timofeyev Ensemble, Ensemble Stimmwerck
Cinematography by: 
Christopher Renaud, Dmytro Lavrinenko, Sabine Gölz, Oleg Timofeyev
Film Editing by: 
Sabine Gölz
Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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