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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

France-Germany | 110 minutes | 2021

From Where They Stood

Florida Premiere

A handful of prisoners in WWII camps risked their lives to take clandestine photographs and document the hell the Nazis were hiding from the world. In the vestiges of the camps, director Christophe Cognet (MJFF 2015 film Because I Was a Painter) retraces the footsteps of these courageous men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances and the stories behind their photographs, composing an archeology of images as acts of defiance. In recovering the original versions, From Where They Stood ultimately aims to give recognition to those who risked their lives to obtain cameras and film, to imagine how each clandestine shot was taken, to tell the story of each photo in the place where it was produced, and to demonstrate that their acts of resistance lives on.

Director's Bio

Directed by Christophe Cognet

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Christophe Cognet is a screenwriter and director based in France. He has published articles about art in Nazi camps for the French National Library, and conducted a ten-year research study on artists who survived the death camps, discovering their secret works. His acclaimed film Because I Was a Painter premiered at the 2015 Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Cast and Credits


Christophe Cognet


Christophe Cognet


CĂ©line Bozon


Catherine Zins


Tal Bruttman, Christophe Cognet, Corinne Halter

Film Info






110 minutes


French with English subtitles
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