Director: James T. Hong

Year of Production: 2006

Production format: 16mm film

Camera: James T. Hong and Yin-Ju Chen

Music: Kammarheit, Zukunftsmusik

Language: German with English subtitles

Length: 18 minutes

Synopsis: Die Entnazifizierung des MH (The Denazification of MH) is an experimental, philosophical documentary which explores the denazification proceedings of world-renowned and infamous German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Shot entirely in or near the German Black Forest where Heidegger lived and worked, The Denazification of MH portrays and interprets Heidegger’s refusal to honestly confront and his reluctance to publicly apologize for his active role in the Nazi party. By utilizing 50 year-old recordings of Heidegger and a single quote from the Greek Pre-Socratic philosopher, Heraclitus, The Denazification of MH depicts Heidegger’s own philosophical interpretation of his Nazi involvement and his belief in the power of interpretation (hermeneutics), the Western philosophical tradition, and words.

A scholarly reading of this film is located here at the journal Film-Philosophy.

Selected screenings:

Official premiere at the
International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2007

Sneak preview at
Other Cinema, Artist's Television Access
San Francisco, California, 2007

San Francisco International Film Festival
April 2007

SCOPE International Art Fair,
Basel, Switzerland, June, 2007

25 FPS International Short Experimental Film and Video Festival
Zagreb, Croatia, September, 2007

Chicago Underground Film Festival
August, 2007

L'Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona
November, 2007

Tirana International Film Festival
Albania, November, 2007

Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme
Paris, France, 2008

OVNI - Observatori Vídeo No Identificat
Arxius de l'Observatori
Exodus: The Margins of Empire
Barcelona, Spain, 2008

25 FPS Dokukino
Zagreb, Croatia, 2010