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Emily and Gitta

Memories of the holocaust are interlaced with a contemporary love story in this arresting short drama.

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I was moved by EMILY AND GITTA and think it is especially important to show it to the lesbian community in Germany. This poetic film is a reminder that denial-not looking at the truth-has the power to invade relationships and destroy them.

Sandra CollinsLesben Film Festival, Berlin

A compelling film which realistically portrays the kind of anxiety that exists for children of survivors. It does this in a lesbian context which makes the piece all the more powerful.

Ali CannonHolocaust Museum of Northern California

Gold avoids easy solutions to the issues of attraction, antisemitism, forgiveness and collective German accountability for the Holocaust.

CURVE Magazine


Memories of the holocaust are interlaced with a contemporary love story in this arresting short drama. Emily, a painter, is the child of concentration camp survivors. Gitta, a photographer, grew up in Germany thinking of herself as innocent, removed from the actions of her parents and their generation under Hitler. The two meet and begin a dance of emotional and erotic intimacy. But almost as soon as it gets under way, their relationship threatens to come undone by the personal and historical legacies they do and do not share.

  • Year: 1996
  • Country and Language: US English
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Color: In color


  • Director: Tami Gold
  • Screenplay: Roz Jacobs
  • Producer: Marnie Andrews
  • Director of Photography: Jennifer Lane
  • Editors: Kelly Anderson, Janet Baus and Diva Magpayo
  • Music Producer: Ross Levinson
  • Production Designer: Dina Lipton
  • Associate Producers: Judith Heineman and Jamie Zelermyer


  • Emily: Jeanne Goldstein
  • Gitta: Lynne Anderson
  • Sarah: Shannon Wells
  • Uncle Franz: Sandy Kenyon


  • Premiered at the Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • New York LGBT Film Festival
  • London Lesbian Film Festival
  • Kino Achteinhalb, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • Lesben Film Festival, Berlin
  • Cineffable Lesbiennes Film Festival, Paris, France
  • Immaginaria Festival Del Cinema Lesbico, Bologna, Italy
  • AFI Film Festival
  • Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Film Festival, San Antonio, Texas
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival