FROM WHERE THEY STOOD
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FROM WHERE THEY STOOD

Jerusalem Film Festival Best Documentary Winner Explores Clandestine Nazi Death Camp Photos

Victims’ Rare, Clandestine Photographs,
Rigorously Analyzed, Retrace Holocaust Events

Greenwich Entertainment announced today the U.S. and Canadian release of the documentary From Where They Stood (À pas aveugles) written and directed by Christophe Cognet. The North American theatrical release begins July 15, 2022 at NYC’s Film Forum followed by additional major US & Canadian cities. 

A 2021 Berlinale Forum premiere, From Where They Stood went on to win the Spirit of Freedom Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 Jerusalem Film Festival. The US festival premiere was at the 2022 New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

It’s not widely known but somehow a handful of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps managed to take clandestine photographs of the hell the Nazis were hiding from the world.

Either smuggled out or hidden and retrieved only after the war, Director Christophe Cognet retraces the footsteps of these courageous men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances and the stories behind their photographs.

MORE ABOUT ‘FROM WHERE THEY STOOD’

As the French documentarian walks through the soggy grounds of a concentration camp, small white shards poke through the earth. They are bone fragments of the dead that rise to the surface when it rains. Similarly, this film reveals hidden remnants of those horrors. At risk of death, a handful of prisoners clandestinely photographed the workings of the camps and, in one case, buried the footage with the intention of recovering it after the war – which he miraculously did. The filmmaker and camp historians study these messages from beyond, and, with meticulous rigor, reconstruct the time and place at which they were originally created and the events they record. Like Alain Resnais’s masterpiece, NIGHT AND FOG, this film stands as a testimony to the millions of lives lost, as well as to the courage of those who risked everything to send these artifacts from hell. (Source: Film Forum)

Runtime: 109 minutes

“In contrast to today when thankfully evidence of war crimes and genocide can be gathered often remotely and disseminated worldwide with startling precision and detail, the individuals who took these photos risked everything to pierce the cloak of secrecy that surrounded the genocidal horror of the Nazi murder machine and remain a testimony to their courage and defiance in the face of totalitarian evil,” says Greenwich’s co-president Edward Arentz.

 

PRAISE FOR THIS IMPORTANT FILM

“Photography in this context, becomes a fierce and courageous act of resistance. (The filmmaker) explores the details—some known, others only guessed at—revealed  by their raw transmission of unfathomable experience…Celebrate(s) the courageous audacity of prisoner-photographers. Their resistance fights on, in its vivid and direct communication between their time and ours.” 
– Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

“In analyzing with meticulous precision the microcosm of each picture, Christophe Cognet pays homage from a correct and respectful distance to these men and women who risked their lives to take back control of their own image and to send this chilling and vital message of history: ‘this happened.’” 
– Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

 

WHO

FROM WHERE THEY STOOD was produced by Raphaël Pillosio. Greenwich’s Edward Arentz negotiated the acquisition with Fionnuala Jamison of MK2 International on behalf of the filmmakers.

 

ABOUT GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2017, Greenwich Entertainment is an independent film distribution company specializing in distinctive, theatrical-quality narrative and documentary features.  Greenwich handled the record setting theatrical release of Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s Academy Award-Winning Documentary Free Solo, which grossed over $17M at the North American box office.  Other Greenwich releases include Quentin Dupieux’s DEERSKIN starring Jean Dujardin; Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice from Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily starring Molly Shannon.  www.GreenwichEntertainment.com

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Starting On: July 15, 2022
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North American Theatrical Release Begins Friday July 15, 2022 at New York's

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