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Summary: Watermarks is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. Its founders were eager to popularize sport among a community renowned for such great minds as Freud, Mahler and Zweig, but traditionally alien to physical recreation. Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic clubs, while achieving astonishing success in many diverse sports. In the 1930s Hakoah's best-known triumphs came from its women swimmers, who dominated national competitions in Austria. After the Anschluss, in 1938, the Nazis shut down the club, but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out, thanks to an escape operation initiated by Hakoah's functionaries. Sixty-five years later, director Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around the world, and arranges for them to have a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna, a journey that evokes memories of youth, femininity, and strengthens lifelong bonds. Told by the swimmers, now in their eighties, Watermarks is about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best.
Runtime: 80 min
Production: ARTE
Genres: History, Sport, Documentary
Countries: USA, France, Israel, Austria
Languages: English, German, Hebrew
Home Release Date: Dec 6, 2005
Director Credit
Yaron Zilberman Director
Writer Credit
Ronen Dorfan Writer
Yaron Zilberman Writer
Yonatan Israel Writer
Cast Credit
Ann Marie Pisker Herself
Anni Lampl Herself
Boris Eder Himself, Cabaret Singer
Elisheva Susz Herself
Florian Schäfer Himself, Pianist
Fritz von Friedl Dr. Rosenfeld
Gerhard Heger Himself, Musician
Greta Stanton Herself
Hanni Lux Herself
Judith Haspel Herself
Nanne Selinger Herself
Rudi Luksch Himself, Musician
Sandra Bohle Elisheva
Stefanie Dvorak Hanni
Trude Hirschler Herself
Producer Credit
Amir Ben Zion Executive Producer
Inbal B. Lessner Producer: Second Unit, Los Angeles
Liza Gershuni Line Producer
Paul Rozenberg Supervising Producer
Philippa Kowarsky Co-Producer
Robert Danial Executive Producer
Shlomo Israel Executive Producer
Yaron Zilberman Producer
Yonatan Israel Producer
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