Heartfield’ is a 40 minute documentary about German graphic artist John Heartfield who is thought by many to be the father of photomontage. Heartfield was a committed socialist and one of the first members of the German communist party in 1918. His pioneering anti fascist work first appeared in Weimar Germany and had its origins in the anarchic Berlin DaDa movement post World War 1. Heartfield associated with artists such as George Grozs, Hannah Hoch, Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann Rodchenko and play write and director Bertolt Brecht His work appeared through out the 1920s and early 30s in many left wing publications most notably in the mass circulation magazine AIZ. He narrowly escaped capture by the Nazi’s in the 1933 and went into exile first in Prague, then Paris and finally London. He spent the war years as a refugee in England and was interned as an enemy alien for part of that time. Heartfield returned to live in communist East Germany in the early 1950s where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in East Berlin in 1968. Heartfield was made for a London based production company VPL.