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!