50 years after the Munich Olympics, Germany will finally apologize to victims’ families—and a Canadian filmmaker has been sharing their story

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Esther Roth-Shahamorov, a former hurdler, is one of four women profiled in After Munich. (Courtesy Z Films)

This week, the families of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics have finally earned a formal apology by the German president, also reaching an agreement over compensation. The deal comes after months of some victims’ family members threatening to boycott the 50th anniversary event, being held on Sept. 5 in Munich.

The news is a relief for Francine Zuckerman, a Canadian filmmaker who spent years shooting a documentary about four women involved in the Munich massacre and its aftermath. Her film, After Munich, directly follows some of the women struggling to get exactly what the German government only now has offered: compensation and a formal apology.

After Munich debuted in 2019, but because of the pandemic, it never got a global release. Now, on the eve of the tragedy’s 50th anniversary, Zuckerman has been touring the world giving talks and screenings. She joins our show to discuss her film and the important lessons still being learned today.

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