“Convoy” is a documentary film inspired by the life and writings of Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman from Amsterdam who was deported to Auschwitz where she died in 1943 at the age of 29.
The other films of this serial are on ARTE: info.arte.tv/fr/les-remparts-de-varsovie-1943-44
Firmly set in the present, the film tells the story of Alexandra (Polish) and Florian (French), two Erasmus+ students who, inspired by reading the Journal of Etty Hillesum, decide to retrace her footsteps across Europe. During this “road movie”, which begins in Holland and ends in Poland, crossing through Germany and Belgium, the two “citizen reporters” meet people of different ages and backgrounds, who provide them with stories that challenge their own prejudices.
The unearthing of the fascinating historical accounts form the survivors of the concentration camps provide themes and topics of discussion very relevant to present day society; such as the origins of fear, which can lead to consider the “other” as bad, impure and to be rejected. Each stop of the journey is also an opportunity to become better acquainted with Etty Hillesum. Her thoughts, fiery and free, punctuate the narrative with conviction: “listen to the essence and depth of the other”, without ever yielding to hatred and despite the horrors witnessed.
The road movie was filmed in Auschwitz and shown in the Jagiellonian University of Krakov for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. With the support of the European Commission