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Tracking Edith

Director - Peter Stephan Jungk
Run Time - 92 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2017
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Biographies/Profiles, Cold War Era, Cold War Era, Criminal Justice, History (World), Law & Legal Studies, Media Studies, New Releases, Photography, Political Science, Women's Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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Every family has its secrets. Director Peter Stephan Jungk had always known that his Austrian-born great aunt, Edith Tudor-Hart, was a talented documentary photographer. But it was not until 20 years after her death in 1973 that he learned she had led a double life - and changed the course of history.

Jungk unravels what had been a well-kept secret by speaking with military historians, photo archivists, ex-KGB agents and family members: that his great aunt, an unpaid KGB spy, had brokered the introduction between Kim Philby and Soviet spy Arnold Deutsch, thereby helping launch the espionage career of Britain's most notorious double agent, the lynchpin of the Cambridge Five spy ring.

Through these conversations and the striking photographs of Tudor-Hart herself, Jungk takes us on a journey into his great aunt's clandestine life that is as gripping as a spy novel.

"Four Stars! The sinew and texture of history are to be found in this grippingly detailed documentary." - The Guardian

"Fascinating. An intriguing affair which still seems topical. It works as a spy story, as a study of a talented and neglected photographer, and as a dark family tale." - Independent (UK)

"A dark picture of Soviet espionage...as absorbing as any great spy novel." - The Times of Israel

"Four Stars! A detailed and moving documentary...beautifully depicts the mess and intensity of one woman's double life." - The Upcoming

"A fascinating tale of a pivotal and shadowy figure. Not only detailing her involvement in the world of espionage but also documenting her life and art." - Backseat Mafia

"I watched this compelling film with fascination. An amazing quest - and very timely." - Michael Haneke (Oscar-winning filmmaker of Amour & The White Ribbon)