De laatste eer

Maarten Schmidt, Thomas Doebele Long documentary - 2003 - 80 min.

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Of hundreds of thousands of soldiers that perished on the battlefields of Belgium and France in World Wars I and II, the bodies were never recovered. This is why excavations from time to time still produce human remains. Sometimes, the identity can still be determined and the family can unexpectedly be informed. With an unemphatic style and without any comment, Schmidt and Doebele show the archaeologists exhuming the skeletons, the relatives arriving and the ceremonies in which the soldiers, sometimes after more than eighty years, are officially interred. But even more than showing the rites, The Last Honour revives the long forgotten soldiers, Americans, English, French and Germans. Guides and archaeologists talk, partly on the basis of archive footage, about the probable circumstances in which they laid down their lives.


Producer(s) Nellie Kamer
Director of Photography Maarten Schmidt
Thomas Doebele
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