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A documentary which has long been overdue.  German Film Academy

With his documentary No Pasaran the German Daniel Burkholy has created a document of great historical value.  Maria Prieto Vazquez, Cadena SER

A fascinating film about men and women who had to pay a very high price for their conviction. More over a statement about the spirit that keeps Europe together.

Undoubtedly, this film will catch the interest of the democratic and freedom loving world.  Vincent Almudever, Resistance fighter in the Spanish Civil War and in the Second World War

The touching testimonials of the contemporary witnesses are the backbone of this film ... testimonials of inestimable historical and political value.  Carmela Negrete, Neues Deutschland

These men and women didn´t go to Mussolini´s or Hitler´s war. They rather tried to defeat Fascism, to prevent the mass murder. That´s why it is so valuable to hear more about them.  Peter Nowak, Freitag Online

They tell impressive about their fateful life paths and experiences - they tell about a time which has stolen them their youth.


Women for Justice

Many thanks indeed for your film which touched me very much.  Peter Lilienthal Awardee of the Berlinale`s Golden Bear and of the German Film prize

We have been really impressed with your film, your refined cinematography and clear story-telling. CinéWomen

A wonderful and encouraging example for women‘s initiatives against violence.  Yakin Ertürk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

One has already seen such pictures, but this story is unknown yet. Right here, a platform for social empowerment has been created that could set a precedent for the whole world.  Oliver Händler, Neues Deutschland

Shortcut to Justice is a moving documentary. Hardly another documentary shows the reality of daily life in poor indian city quarters in such a sensible, yet unprettified manner.  Andrea Niederfriniger,

Finally good news about India !  Ujjwal Bhattacharya, Deutsche Welle

A marvellous film about the power of solidarity.  Manfred F. Kubiak, Heidenheimer Zeitung

A very touching and authentic documentary film - don´t miss it! Gisela Zimmer, Lotta


Half a Million Public Enemies

The film makes the violence which was exercised by the Federal Republic of Germany in its early years vividMatthias Reichelt, Junge Welt

Until now, a veil of silence was drawn over this chapter of German history.  Peter Kleinert, Neue Rheinische Zeitung

Watch this film! It contains not a single boring second. 
Anja Röhl, Scharf Links

The strength of the film lies in the renouncing of any heroicization and the  showing of the impact which the prosecution had on its victims.  Peter Nowak, Freitag

In his film Burkholz makes it very clear that during the 50ies, West Germany was not a "democratic state governed by the rule of law". Hans Günther-Dicks, Unsere Zeit

One should not be astonished that the Federal Ministery of Justice didn´t want to give the director an interview on this topic. Thomas Blum, Neues Deutschland



Moving return after 70 years - The veterans, all of them between 86 and 99 years old, tell their experiences frankly and without soldierly affectation. Their faces show that they have to fight with their memories.  Gaston Kirsche, taz

In opposite to Oliver Stone´s film “Comandante” he leads the camera gentle, as if he had to adapt to his interview partners movements. Because he is always very close to his protagonists with his camera, he strengthens the viewer´s impression that they are standing directly nearby.  Ingo Niebel, Junge Welt

Brigadistas is an important contribution to the European culture of memories.  Prof. Ignacio Sotelo, Freie Universität Berlin

Burkholz and the co-author Heike Geisweid renounce to use the typical historical black-white footage. They let the story be told by the Brigadistas themselves. The Brigadistas will leave – but Burkholz´ film will remain. people.  Franz Lindenthal, Neue Rheinische Zeitung

From Madrid over Zaragoza to Barcelona the camera of the German changes into the inseparable companion of this group of veterans. They see the camera as a kind of an ally and by doing so, they create a strong connection with the viewer.  Itziar Reyero, El Pais