As men and women desperately attempted to pass images of hell on to us, we have a duty to look at them. From these unprecedented photographs, taken secretly by deportees at the risk of their lives, we are bound to wonder how we could imagine the events of which they bear the incomplete and fleeting traces. This film is putting together an archeology of images as actions, conducting a worried exploration of the capacity and lack of the human imagination when confronted to the most dismal darkness. Such pictures are the only ones of which nature derives decisively from an equal status of authors and subjects. Deportees managed to take such clandestine photographs in at least five camps, from 1943 to the autumn of 1944: Dachau, Mittelbau-Dora, Buchenwald, Auschwitz- Birkenau et Ravensbrück.
2021 71 Berlinale – 51 FORUM CPH:DOX
Cast and Crew
Director Christophe Cognet
Producer Raphael Pillosio (L'atelier Documentaire), Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck (OVALmedia)