Friday, October 31, 2008

Documentary Screening of Forced March to Freedom

David Paperny’s documentary film Forced March to Freedom, is based on a book of the same name written and illustrated by Robert Buckham. The film illustrates the experiences of Canadian air personnel imprisoned in German PoW camps during World War II.

At the end of the Second World War, ten thousand prisoners of war anticipated liberation courtesy the advancing Russian Red Army. The retreating Germans forced the prisoners to march out of Stalag Luft III in the dead of winter toward the center of a collapsing Third Reich in order to keep the PoW’s as hostages. Forced March to Freedom tells the story of this amazing test of endurance through the eyes of Robert Buckham, a bomber pilot and artist who produced countless sketches and watercolours of prison camp life, as well as one of the only chronicles of the forced march itself. Interviews with Buckham and other PoW's accentuate the sketches of camp life and the march as well as the few actual photographs of the march known to exist.

Documentary Screening of Forced March to Freedom, Paperny Films, 2001
at the West Vancouver Museum on
Saturday November 8th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration is not required, but limited space is available for seating. Admission is by donation.
photo: Robert Buckham, Untitled (from Forced March) 1945, pen and ink on paper. Courtesy of Nancy Buckham


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