Blind Steps

Blind Steps

110 Min - Documentary - 2021

Synopsis

Although they were risking their lives by doing so, prisoners in concentration and extermination camps took photographs and even managed to smuggle canisters of film beyond the camp gates. Yet their hopes of galvanising the global public into action would remain unfulfilled. "Blind Steps" examines these photographs with a calm, sober gaze. Director Christophe Cognet travels to Ravensbrück, Dachau and Auschwitz-Birkenau, amongst other sites, carrying black and-white glass plate prints in his luggage. The images show, for example, an infirmary, a roll call area, the maimed limbs of female prisoners. Even the moments immediately before and after the industrialised murders were captured by Greek prisoner Alberto Errera, albeit in shadowy form. The historical images and their present-day locations are overlaid on multiple occasions to ghostly effect: when visitors to the memorial sites pass behind the glass plates, it’s as if the individuals depicted have broken free from their fixed positions in black and white, setting themselves in motion as coloured spectres.

Credits
  • Director(s)

    Christophe Cognet
  • Producer(s)

    Raphaël Pillosio
    Robert Cibis (Co-producer)
  • Camera

    Celine Bozon
  • Sound

    Marc Parisotto
  • Editor

    Catherine Zins