Three Minutes – A Lengthening

FAST FORWARD 2023 / Projections:
13.12.2023 / 19:00 / CIC “Budo Tomović” – Dodest / Podgorica
13.12.2023 / 18:00 / Cinema „Boka“ / Kotor

Bianca Stigter / The Netherlands, UK / 2022 / 69’

Director: Bianca Stigter
Screenplay: Bianca Stigter, David Kurtz
Editor: Katharina Wartena
Music: Wilko Sterke
Cinematography: David Kurtz
Production: Family Affair Films, Lammas Park
Producers: Floor Onrust, Steve Mc Queen
Starring:  Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Kurtz, Moszek Tuchendler


Three Minutes – A Lengthening is a movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The existing three minutes are examined to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour.


Bianca Stigter was born in 1964 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a Dutch documentary director, film producer, journalist, and historian. She studied history and is the author of several books and writes for NRC Handelsblad. In 2013, Stigter produced the film 12 Years a Slave by her partner, filmmaker Steve McQueen. As a film critic, in 2006 she was one of the three members of the jury of the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.


  • Dublin International Film Festival 2023 (Ireland) – Award for the Best Documentary
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2022 (Georgia) – Award for the Documentary Feature – Jury Prize
  • Critics Choice Documentary Awards 2022 (USA) – Nominee – Best Archival Documentary; Nominee – Best Historical Documentary
  • Hawaii Film Critics Society 2023 (USA) – Nominee – Best Documentary