Harbour of Hope

Liberated concentration camp survivors are rescued to the peaceful harbour town Malmö and starts life again. A film full of love, hope and unsolved mysteries.

In 1945 Irene, Ewa and Joe were among the nearly 30,000 survivors rescued from German concentration camps to the peaceful harbour town Malmö, Sweden. Here they started life again. In unique archive footage we see 10 year-old Irene at the harbour taking her first shaky steps in freedom. We see newborn Ewa carried from the boat by her mother. And we meet Joe, who arrived as a lonely child without his family. In Harbour of Hope they tell their amazing stories from the moment of liberation to the unsolved mysteries in present time. A film about dealing with war memories, the importance of a helping hand and finding a “harbour of hope”.

In Harbour of Hope we are telling the story of how important it is for war refugees to receive help and support. The story has a historical setting but still carries a huge impact in our contemporary time. During the World War II it was survivors coming from the concentration camps, being Jews, political prisoners, prisoners of war and others. Today we see war refugees fleeing dictatorships and burning political issues. We must not forget the stories from the past in order to reflect on how we act today.

CREDITS
Director: Magnus Gertten
Editor: Jesper Osmund
Produced by: Lennart Ström, Auto Images, Sweden.
Co-Producers: Bow And Axe Entertainment, Poland.

Documentary. Running time 76 minutes. 2011.


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