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26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood
From Where They Stood

From Where They Stood

director: Christophe Cognet
original title: À pas aveugles
country: France, Germany
year: 2021
running time: 110 min.


In his documentary and detective work, Christoph Cognet maps the artistic and photographic reflections of life in concentration camps as perceived by the prisoners themselves. Secretly taken documentary photographs are a unique testimony of events that have been fading from collective memory; at the same time, they represent a fascinating subject of visual anthropology research. The reconstruction of the past and present perceptions of former concentration camps such as Ravensbrück, Dachau or Auschwitz is a symphony of human fates and symbols of the darkest times in European history. Mass graves, gas chambers and the humanitarian tragedy seen through the lens of media archaeology. 

"Cognet, in recovering the original versions, ultimately aims to give the right recognition to those who risked their lives to obtain cameras and films to steal, to revive the gestures that accompanied the creation of a clandestine shot, to tell the story of each photo in the place where it was produced." (Claudio Panella)


Christoph Cognet (1966) studied film direction at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. His career has been centred on documentary essays tracing history on its way to oblivion, in particular Nazi crimes and the fates of concentration camp prisoners, and on the works of great filmmakers such as Orson Welles or Alain Resnais and their contexts.

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director: Christophe Cognet
producer: Raphaël Pillosio
script: Christophe Cognet
photography: Céline Bozon
editing: Catherine Zins
sound: Marc Parisotto
koproducent: Robert Cibis
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