'Destination Unknown': Holocaust documentary gets UK release
Destination Unknown, is a new documentary film from Nick Broomfield collaborator, Claire Ferguson and explores the generational effects of the Holocaust and the resilience of its survivors.
Highlighting the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors, Destination Unknown utilises first-hand accounts, rare archive sources, and family footage of post-war life to bring memories alive and detail the journeys of those who endured concentration camps including Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The wider impact of these experiences is similarly touched upon, bringing to light the chaos and uncertainty of life after liberation.
Destination Unknown is the culmination of fourteen years of research and interviews with those whose lives were touched by genocide. Notably, the film is free of narration and expert interviews and instead, the film bears witness and gives prominence to the words and experiences of the survivors.
Director, Claire Ferguson said of Destination Unknown: “I wanted to make a film where the only voices are those of the survivors themselves, to capture something of the intimacy and immediacy I felt when talking with some of them directly. The challenge was to weave those individual voices together in a way that created a wider story, one that explored not only the pain of the Holocaust itself, but the building of new lives afterwards. My overriding question was ‘How can you make a life after such pain?”
‘Destination Unknown’ is released in UK cinemas from 16th June. Details of limited screenings are available online.