- Portrait, History, and Social Issues
As a young girl, Colette Marin-Catherine fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. Since 1945, she has refused to set foot in Germany. That changes when a history student named Lucie enters her life and encourages her to visit the concentration camp where the Nazis killed her brother.
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Ninety-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine is one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance. As a young girl, she belonged to a family of Resistance fighters that included her 17-year-old brother Jean-Pierre. The last time Colette saw Jean-Pierre was in 1943, when he was arrested by the Gestapo and “disappeared” into the Nazi concentration camp system, never to be seen by his family again. The family was inwardly shattered, but outwardly stoic. No tears. Never permitted.
For the past 74-years, Colette has never allowed herself to put one foot in Germany. But that’s all about to change when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Lucie is researching the camp in Germany where Jean-Pierre died. Tracing the story of Jean-Pierre is, in fact, her special assignment. The film follows Colette as she travels with Lucie to what remains of the forced labor camp near Nordhausen, Germany.
It’s a journey of discovery on many levels, but the film’s greatest revelation is Colette herself, who at 90, is finally ready to let go of what she has, for over seven decades, held so tightly inside. Lucie’s youth and genuine concern has pierced the armor. The ultimate discovery of the film is Colette’s to make. That some wounds can only be healed if we allow them to be re-opened.
- Running time
- 25 minutes
- Annie Small ... Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Time Travel Unlimited
- United States
- Years of Production
- France, Germany
- Prod. Partners
- Oculus, Respawn Entertainment, Electronic Arts, The Guardian
- Release year
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, St. Louis International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival
- Academy Award® - Best Documentary Short, Best Documentary Short - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Short - St Louis International Festival, Young Cineastes Award - Palm Springs ShortFest, Best Director - Fargo Film Festival
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- The Guardian
- French, German
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