About The Film
The last chapter in filmmaker Claude Lanzmann's decades-long journey to chronicle the Holocaust, SHOAH: FOUR SISTERS presents the searing testimonies of four survivors bravely revisiting their tragedies in vivid detail. Built mainly from unused footage from his landmark 1985 documentary Shoah, this anthology project is comprised of extended interviews with a quartet of incisive and articulate Eastern European women—Ruth Elias, Paula Biren, Ada Lichtman, and Hannah Marton—who escaped extermination. Related metaphorically by guilt and suffering, each "sister" tells a unique story with a dispassionate matter-of-factness that heightens the grim absurdity of the savagery and dehumanization they endured. In his final film before his July 2018 passing, Lanzmann again employs static long takes and an understated aesthetic, resulting in a pure, potent oral history of devastating cumulative power.