Wednesday, 9 November 2011

new film on History Education: Ich bin

During the time of Communism, a joke was often heard: "Is it possible to predict the future?" - “Yes, we know precisely what future will bring, our problem is the past, as it never seizes to change!"

During the Second World War, remarkable figures of resistance raised against the totalitarianism of Nazism and Stalinism. They followed their consciousness without compromising.

This film explores how the work of memory is carried out in France, Germany and Russia.

Alexandra, Florian, Roman and Maria take off on a journey destination:

  • Munich, hometown to Hans and Sophie Scholl, who resisted against Nazism without giving in to their human convictions
  • Paris, where they meet the survivors of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942 perpetrated by the French police
  • Vercors, France, nest to the French resistance
  • Katyn, Russia – the memorial of thousands and thousands of Polish intellectuals killed by the NKVD (Soviet police army).
During the years of 1939 and 1945 obscurities, but also remarkable and extraordinary events were produced in a time, which today has left tracks in the collective idea of how a population has of itself.

This film about an hour long, illustrates the issue of bringing to the surface the events of the past in order to construct European society and confirm our identities, it also brings reflection to the importance of resisting the forces pulling towards destruction of humanity and the importance such attitude can have in our present times.

See the full film in 6 languages:

MEDIEL, as of 2011 a new DARE member and European production company is bringing to you documentary films that can open and produce new understandings to how we live society today. Our focus is to depict the voices of the past, present and future, with the common denominator of openness – consciousness of our beings in the meeting with the other and ourselves. “Ich Bin” is a follow up to “the Convoy”- a film made in 2009 dealing with the memory of a young extraordinary Dutch woman of Jewish confession, lost in Auschwitz 1943.