Het verdriet van Roermond - deel 3 & 4

Louis van Gasteren Long documentary - 2005 - 50 min.

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Documentary in four parts about the execution by the German authorities of fourteen men in Roermond in 1944, and the consequences this event still has for their relatives. Director Louis van Gasteren worked on the film between 1975 and 2004, interviewing both Dutch and German people involved. Friends and relatives of the victims feel rather disowned by historiography. Loe de Jong, for instance, writes that the resistance in the south of the country did not amount to much. Roermond was in the frontline at the time; old photographs give an impression of the scale of the devastation. `What you see in Sarajevo now', a woman says, `doesn't impress me. Things looked the same over here.' In great detail, using eyewitnesses, historians and documents, Van Gasteren reconstructs the events of that day, the subsequent evacuation of the city and the attempts to bring the responsible commander, Ulrich Matthaeas, to trial. In the final part, we see how Dutchmen and Germans nowadays strive for reconciliation.


Director(s) Louis van Gasteren
Script Joke Meerman
Producer(s) Louis van Gasteren
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Director of Photography
Kester Dixon
Jos van Schoor
Anouk Sluizer
Sound on Set
André Patrouillie
Flip van den Dungen
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