Every Face Has a Name

On April 28, 1945, life begins again. Hundreds of survivors from the German concentration camps arrive to the harbour of Malmö, Sweden. While they take their first steps in freedom Swedish news photographers film them. Now, 70 years later the survivors are watching this archive footage for the very first time and as they discover themselves they re-experience the emotions from this special day. Bernard Kempler was 9 years old when he came to Malmö. He survived the war by dressing up as a girl. Elsie Ragusin from New York City was visiting her grandparents in Italy when she was accused of being a spy. She was put in a boxcar and sent to Auschwitz. These and many other emotional stories are evoked for the first time in Every Face Has a Name and the archive reveals an extraordinary blend of stories coming from Jewish survivors, Norwegian resistance men, Polish mothers with newborn babies and British spies. All united in the moment of freedom. Moments and scenes also taking place all over the world today. Endless streams of war survivors arriving to a new country. All anonymous. Faces without names.
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73 minutes
Magnus Gertten
Poster for Every Face Has a Name

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. 19th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 20th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  8. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  9. Judaica - Mostra de Cultura e Cinema - 2016
  10. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  12. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Woman Watches Movie Trailer, Sees Something In It That Makes Her ‘Scream’

    Evelyn Rochwerg, 58, had always been interested in her family’s history and in locating long-lost loved ones. One night she discovered a Facebook page comprised of adult children of Holocaust survivors. Intrigued, she watched a video that one of the group members had recently posted.


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