Every Face Has a Name

Norwegian Swedish English Polish
Magnus Gertten
Movie year
73 min

As World War II drew to a close, the Swedish Red Cross arranged a famous rescue operation called the White Buses, where over 15,000 people were rescued from several concentration camps and brought to Sweden. Seventy years later, filmmaker Magnus Gertten tracks down some of these refugees to show them original, rarely-seen newsreel footage of their arrival in Malmö, Sweden in 1945. While watching this incredible footage of themselves, survivors suddenly remember faces, names and stories about friends, family and the feeling of renewed life.  The result is a timely meditation on the complicated experience of freedom for a refugee upon arrival in a new country.  “This film quietly reminds us that war is still with us and that compassion demands we extend aid when we can.” (Mark Valentine, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival)

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