award, escaped
Jetske Spanjer & Ange Wieberdink
Wieberdink Productions and Armadillo Film
Nominated for Banff 2012, Rockies Program Competition
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The true story of a group of women who escaped from the deathmarch in 1945
In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the Dutch Lon Verstijnen and the French Christine Bénedite were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. The Allied Forces were advancing and the Nazis decided to clear the camps.

They put the prisoners on forced marches, the so called death marches. Lon and Christine, together with seven other women managed to escape. As a group of nine, in six days they crossed hostile Germany and all of them reached the American troops. Three out of nine wrote about the adventures. Their diaries have been used in this film. Lon and Christine are now over 90. Still they never forgot that journey. They have never seen each other since.

Escaped was selected by the Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2012. The producer Ange Wieberdink was invited to attend the festival. Read her experiences here.