Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Only a Number

This is a true story of the struggle to survive, to love and to remember. 

Director Steve Besserman's mother is a Holocaust survivor with dementia. Over thirty years ago, she documented the horrors she endured at the hands of the Nazis and how she met the filmmaker's father in a concentration camp: separated by barbed wire and both physically and psychologically ravaged by starvation and brutality. 

Yet they fell in love, giving each other the strength and will to survive. 

On his journey of discovering his parents' past, this probing and delicate filmmaker visited the sites of the ghettos, concentration and labor camps as they are today, finding visual remnants of the past in the present. What lies within the tangles of his mother's memory lies beneath these locations that time may have changed, but can never erase. 

Watch the trailer here: