Powerful film documents prisoners who risked their lives to photograph WWII camps

It is not widely known that a handful of prisoners in WWII camps risked their lives to take clandestine photos and document the hell the Nazis hid from the world. “Where they stood from” is their story.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the powerful, award-winning documentary “From Where They Stood” screening July 30-August 30. 4 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon and Mary D. Fisher theaters.

“From Where They Stood” premiered to rave reviews at the Berlin International Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the 2021 Jerusalem Film Festival.

It is not widely known that a handful of prisoners in WWII camps risked their lives to take clandestine photos and document the hell the Nazis hid from the world. “Where they stood from” is their story.

In the remains of the camps, director Christophe Cognet retraces the steps of these courageous men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances and stories behind their photographs, thus composing an archeology of images as acts of defiance.

“These images are essential because they are the only ones that share a common experience – the photographers and the subjects of these photographs, all being in the camps together,” Cognet said. “This sense of equality is a determining factor in both the status and the very nature of these images – something the photographs, films and drawings made by the Allies when they discovered the camps simply cannot reach – the common destiny that binds the one who takes the photo and the one who appears in the photo.

Sessions will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30; 4 p.m. on Monday, August 1; and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, August 3 and 4.

Tickets are $12 or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. The theater and film festival office is located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Information provided by SIFF.

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