Our double-bill of black & white short films both feature archival footage, though only the first, depicting the horrors of fascism up close, is a documentary. The second film was shot in 1950s London in a lightly fictionalised tale of a European refugee starting to set up a new life here.
* Night & Fog (30 minutes, dir. Alain Resnais, France, 1956)
This early documentary by the famed director of Hiroshima mon amour blends archive footage of the concentration camps alongside oral testimony. Though only half an hour long, it is often voted among the best documentaries of all time. A graphic and upsetting film, this screening is not suitable for children.
* Refuge England (27 minutes, dir Robert Vas, UK, 1959)
Director Robert Vas was brought up in a Jewish ghetto, and arriving in London during the experimental cinema verite movement, his early films avoided the imposition of a formal narrative so as to present unfettered the images and sounds captured by his camera. This, his first film, depicts a refugee's arrival in London after Hungary's 1956 revolution.
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