THREE MINUTES – A LENGTHENING
A snippet of 16mm film offers an emotionally charged, meditative glimpse into the lives of the unsuspecting Jewish citizens of a small Polish village at the precipice of World War II.
Three minutes. That’s all that’s been restored from a battered and faded film reel that was fatefully uncovered in a Florida attic before the celluloid deteriorated for good. The haunting home movie footage reveals silent, smiling people marvelling and waving at an American visitor’s camera. It’s a brief time capsule, immersing viewers in a normal day along the bustling streets of the small Polish village of Nasielsk. Little do the subjects know that soon nearly the entire Jewish population of the village would be deported and murdered by German forces. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and produced by Steve McQueen, THREE MINUTES – A LENGTHENING offers a chance for these tragic souls to be remembered as individuals with history, personality, and dreams instead of being lost to time. Forensically breaking down the history of the footage with surgical precision and reflecting upon the minute details that such meticulous investigation brings, Stigter creates an endlessly fascinating, moving, and unique expansion of the documentary form.
In Competition: Documentary Feature
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