2014-11-19

Auto Images honour witnesses 70 years after their first steps in freedom

Auto Images is launching Every face has a name, a new documentary in relation to the upcoming 70 year anniversary of the end of The Second World War. Using new archive techniques, Every face has a name will for the first time identify many of the anonymous faces appearing in a 70-year old archive film. 

On April 28, 1945, life begins again. Hundreds of survivors from the German concentration camps arrive to the harbour of Malmö, Sweden. While they take their first steps in freedom Swedish news photographers film them. Now, 70 years later the survivors are watching this archive footage for the very first time and as they discover themselves they re-experience the emotions from this special day.


Bernard Kempler was 9 years old when he came to Malmö. He survived the war by dressing up as a girl. Elsie Ragusin from New York City was visiting her grandparents in Italy when she was accused of being a spy. She was put in a boxcar and sent to Auschwitz.


These and many other emotional stories are evoked for the first time in Every face has a name and the archive reveals an extraordinary blend of stories coming from Jewish survivors, Norwegian resistance men, Polish mothers with newborn babies and British spies. All united in the moment of freedom. Moments and scenes also taking place all over the world today. Endless streams of war survivors arriving to a new country. All anonymous. Faces without names.


Every face has a name is already sold to broadcast is 11 territories during the pre-production, including all five Nordic countries and Dutch broadcaster IKON. The worldwide rights for Every face has a name is handled by Berlin based Rise and Shine, who will launch the film to the international market at the upcoming IDFA Docs for Sale market in Amsterdam.


Here you can read more about Every Face Has a Name and see still images from the film.


Read about Every Face Has a Name at our sales agent Rise and Shine.


Proud co-producer

Auto Images has definitely no problem in using the expression ’a proud co-producer’. We have been a partner and co-producer in several succesful international documentary projects these last years.

In October 2013 our Finnish co-production The Punk Syndrome (Mouka Filmi, Helsinki) won Prix Europa for The Best European TV Documentary. Our Norwegian co-prod Bravehearts (Til Ungdommen, Sant og Usant) received a Special Commendation in Prix Europa’s category Best Intercultural TV Programme. Both doc’s has received international film festival awards.

During 2014 our next co-production with Mouka Filmi in Helsinki will be released. It’s Once I Dreamt of Life, a very personal film about suicide, directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen, produced by Sami Jahnukainen. Part of this project is also Alias Films in Berlin. 

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