(New York, NY) July 30, 2015 — Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to WHAT OUR FATHERS DID: A NAZI LEGACY, the stirring documentary from esteemed director David Evans (“Downton Abbey”), whichpremiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (as A NAZI LEGACY: WHAT OUR FATHERS DID). Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically on November 6th, with a digital release to follow.


A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. Eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates the complicated connection between the two, and even delves into the story of his own grandfather who escaped the same town where their fathers carried out mass killings. The three embark on an emotional journey together, as they travel through Europe and converse about the past, examining the sins of their fathers and providing a unique view of the father-son relationship, ultimately coming to some very unexpected and difficult conclusions.


Writer-presenter Philippe Sands said: "This is both an intensely personal story for me as well as one with contemporary and universal relevance as anti-Semitism spreads across Europe and the wounds created in Ukraine during WWII can still be felt today. I am thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope, the perfect team for this documentary feature." 

O-Scope’s Dan Berger said, “WHAT OUR FATHERS DID is a probing and complex documentary told with immediacy and relevance. Its importance can’t be understated. David and Philippe have created something that will truly stand the test of time.”

The film was produced by Oscar-nominated producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey through their company Wildgaze Films. Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.


Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, choosing films and releasing them with the same artistic integrity with which they were made. The company, an extension of Yauch’s recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and its paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. Previous and current releases include Lynne Ramsay’s Golden Globe® Nominated WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly; Marshall Curry’s Oscar- nominated IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT; Oren Moverman’s Oscar-nominated THE MESSENGER starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson; Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF starring Michelle Williams; Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s SAMSARA; Todd Berger’s IT’S A DISASTER, starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrara; Andrew Dosunmu’s Sundance-winning MOTHER OF GEORGE; and Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s AFTER TILLER. Upcoming releases include Lotfy Nathan's 12 O'CLOCK BOYS, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ WHITEWASH, Sam Fleischner’s STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS, Matt Wolf’s TEENAGE, Dan Krauss’s THE KILL TEAM, James Byrkit’s COHERENCE, Wayne Wang’s SOUL OF A BANQUET, Jeff Preiss’s LOW DOWN, Florian Habicht’s PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH AND SUPERMARKETS, Joel Potrykus' BUZZARD, Maxime Giroux's FELIX AND MEIRA, Collin Schifli's ANIMALS, Lou Howe’s GABRIEL, and Bryan Reisberg’s BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS.


Wildgaze Films is run by Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Their upcoming film Brooklynpremiered at Sundance in January 2015 to great critical acclaim and will be released by Fox Searchlight in the US in the autumn. Brooklyn is based on Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel of the same name, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, directed by John Crowley (Boy A;Intermission), with Saoirse Ronan starring in the lead role. Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent also star.


Among their many other credits are An Education, starring Carey Mulligan in her breakout role, which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (including Best Film), 9 BAFTAs (including Best Film and Best British Film, winning Best Actress), and winner of Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards; A Long Way Down based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Imogen Poots; and Finola produced Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debutQuartet, written by Ronald Harwood, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connelly, and Pauline Collins.