Back to Borken // Eine Reise in die Vergangenheit

The Story of the Jewish family Gans from Borken

2018 | 40' | documentary | color

Eine Reise in die Vergangenheit | Trailer from Benda Film on Vimeo.


In May 1945, the young British officer Manfred Gans drives through his old homeland Germany with a new identity - an adventurous journey hoping to find his parents still alive in the concentration camp. About 70 years later, the Gans family now living in the USA and Israel come back to Germany. They are looking for clues. The film follows the journey of the past as well as today and tells of the alienation and rapprochement between the family and their hometown Borken.

A Benda Film production in cooperation with the city of Borken and the LWL media center.


author & director: Daniel Huhn
cinematography: Daniel Huhn, Benjamin Leers
editing: Daniel Huhn
production: Benda Film
partner: City of Borken, LWL media center
music: Jens Heuler
violine & viola played by Damian Scholl

Jens Heuler



Jens Heuler is an award-winning composer and electronic music artist from Germany. He composes music for films and media, instrumental music, electronic music and songs. His work ranges from orchestral film music such as for Jan Gadermann's Student Academy Award winning stop motion animation film "Laika & Nemo" to intimate scores for documentaries such as Melanie Lischker's "Bilder (m)einer Mutter" // "Life On Tape", a collaboration with Freya Arde, to organic electronic music and pop songs. His most recent work also includes the music for Sonja Rohleder's award-winning animated short films "Nest" and "Somni", both of which premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival and some additional music for the German television series "Behringer und die Toten" and "Nächste Ausfahrt Glück".

In his work, Jens Heuler combines acoustic and electronic elements to creates organic music and soundscapes, fusing classical, generative and experimental composition approaches while mainly focusing on analogue and modular synthesis.

In addition to his artistic work, he works as a lecturer for Music Production and Project Support at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and as an assistant composer and arranger and so he is involved in the music for the Oscar-nominated documentary "Of Fathers and Sons", the German television series "Die Dasslers", the documentaries "Rabbi Wolff" and "The Corridords of Power" and many more.

Jens Heuler studied Keyboards & Music Production at the University of Münster and Film Music at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.



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