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21 July 2004 (Canada) See more »
The truth cannot be buried.
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Directed by
Joe Berlinger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe Berlinger 
Michael Bonfiglio 

Produced by
Sidney Beaumont .... producer
Joe Berlinger .... executive producer
Michael Bonfiglio .... producer
Rachel Dawson .... co-producer
Jon Kamen .... executive producer
Christine Le Goff .... executive producer
Frank Scherma .... executive producer
Original Music by
Wendy Blackstone 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
Robert Winkler 
Film Editing by
M. Watanabe Milmore 
Production Management
Yves Jeanneau .... executive in charge of production
Gebhard Zupan .... production manager
Sound Department
Joseph Just .... voiceover engineer (as Joe Just)
Joseph Just .... voiceover recordist (as Joe Just)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bonfiglio .... additional camera operator
Other crew
Frauke Levin .... researcher
Daniel Luciano .... thanks

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Synopsis, 12 May 2009
Author: vilanovafernando from United States

In the spring of 2002, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) traveled to Vienna to witness the burial of the preserved brains of over 700 handicapped children. The victims had been murdered in a "euthanasia" clinic as part of a Nazi eugenics program that many consider the opening act of the Holocaust.

GRAY MATTER chronicles the director's journey as he searches for Dr. Heinrich Gross (notoriously nicknamed "The Austrian Dr. Mengele"), who not only allegedly participated in these murders, but also continued to experiment on the children's remains for decades after the end of the war, while rising to prominence in Austrian society despite his past. Along the way, Berlinger meets clinic survivors and other remarkable voices who shed new light upon this shadowy legacy and the notion that now grapples with his own denial.

Why has it taken so long to bury these brains? Should science profit from knowledge gained from such immoral atrocities? If Dr. Gross is indeed responsible to these crimes, how has he evaded justice for so many years? The film also raises provocative questions about the nature of guilt, redemption ad denial, promoting the Village Voice to write: "As Berlinger walks among jarred brains… one can't help musing on the enduring ability of the population to ignore atrocity, shift blame and spin convenient myth."

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