The Lodge is a historic hotel in Cloudcroft, NM, close to White Sands. In Spring 2012, it is the setting where we will open a letter that was written 65 years ago, but was never opened. This letter, written by Private Sanford Hess to his parents in 1946 is the basis of the documentary film, "Letter From Cloudcroft."
"Letter From Cloudcroft."follows a daughter’s examination of a secret post-WWII missiles project between American and German Nazi rocket scientists in 1940's New Mexico through her Jewish Father's letters, discovered after his death. One still unopened letter written in 1946 from the Lodge at Cloudcroft initiates a daughter's personal journey into her family and nation’s history. Tracking incidents and leads from the letters, the filmmaker interweaves multiple perspectives and time periods, piecing together the complexities and controversies of trauma, personal narratives and collective memory, offering a glimpse into the challenges and rewards of personal and societal reconciliation.
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