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30 Day Film Challenge / Day 28

Today the challenge is. a movie that changed your life

Wow! Are movies actually capable of changing people’s lives? I can see educating, or changing an opinion or perhaps encouraging a lifestyle change. Like the movie, “Supersized” for example. I have certainly been impacted by movies, but changing my life? That’s a big ask of a film.

So, my mind went to documentaries that had an impact on my education or my way of thinking. This took me all the way back to I think 9th grade when we saw the 1956 French documentary film “Night and Fog” filmed 10 years after the liberation of German concentration camps. It still gives me chills to this day.

French film director Alain Resnais only decided to make the film once Jean Cayrol, a survivor of Gusen concentration camp, agreed to do the screenwriting. The film met with several attempts of censorship through hiding of certain facts or by inaccurate translations of the narration of the film.

Seeing this film was horrific. Until this day, I could never have imagined the horrors that humanity is capable of. It also left a forever imprint on my brain allowing for zero tolerance for anyone that would ever attempt to deny the Holocaust. It is an important, although difficult, film to see. It is a stark reminder why we must fight racism.

The film is available on YouTube in its entirety, but I am not putting the clip here. I feel it is a film that needs to be seen, but I also feel one must be prepared for what they will see. Instead, I am posting a short interview with director, Alain Resnais about the film. I do encourage you to watch the film if you have not already seen it. Especially considering the continued actions toward various ethnicities in our highly volatile world today.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-eighth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

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9 thoughts on “30 Day Film Challenge / Day 28”

  1. I can answer this one easily, as it is a film I have never forgotten. When I was at school, around 15 years of age, we were taken to The Imperial War Museum in London to see a Nazi Propaganda film. It is quite famous now, but I hadn’t heard of it then. It is so poerful and impressive, it made me realise the power of propaganda, and put me off Nazi ideolgy for life. So it definitely did change my life.
    Triumph Of The Will. ((1935)

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I can see this being an impactful film, Pete. It is puzzling how many people do not see (or do not wish to see) the obvious manipulation going on even today.

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  2. I really can’t think of any film per se that changed my life; but to go along with your choice, I remember being horrified by the newsreel accounts of the people saved from Nazi concentration camps that was shown to us in high school. They certainly left a lasting impression on me about the evil of fascism, an evil that has raised it’s ugly head in earnest the last several years.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this, Maggie. I had heard of Hiroshima Mon Amour, but not this one. The interview alone is powerful with the messages of perseverance and strategic compromise. In my daughter’s senior year of high school, I took her, at her request, to go to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. That experience was life changing. As far as films go, I think there have many that planted seeds for me.

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