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Forgotten Transports to Latvia / Belarus / Estonia / Poland
Czech Republic 2007 - 2009
Director: Lukáš Přibyl
Producer: Lukáš Přibyl
Co-producer: Ondřej Trojan
Screenwriter: Lukáš Přibyl
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Cinematography: Jakub Šimůnek
Music: Petr Ostrouchov
Most documentaries about the Holocaust focus on a few notorious camps, with familiar newsreel footage and bald commentary to fill in the historical background. Forgotten Transports, a major series of four 90-minute films, offers something powerfully and challengingly different.
It is not just that the tragic events depicted are almost unknown, even to specialist historians. Just as significant is the way they have been recreated. Instead of a detached outsider’s narrative, each film is built from the gripping stories of individual survivors, seen through their own eyes and told entirely in their own words.
While they speak only of what they experienced themselves, their impressions weave together to form a poignant picture of ordinary individuals caught up in an era of atrocity and terrible violence. Every detail of what they describe is illustrated and confirmed through contemporary photographs and other visual material, most of it previously unseen, meticulously sourced everywhere from official archives to the garages of former SS men. [...]
For more information about the project, please go to www.forgottentransports.com.