‘From Where They Stood - Christophe Cognet’
Followed by a Q&A with the director
Although they were risking their lives by doing so, prisoners in concentration and extermination camps took photographs and even managed to smuggle canisters of film beyond the camp gates. Yet their hopes of galvanising the global public into action would remain unfulfilled. À pas aveugles examines these photographs with a calm, sober gaze. Director Christophe Cognet travels to Ravensbrück, Dachau and Auschwitz-Birkenau, amongst other sites. The historical images and their present-day locations are overlaid on multiple occasions to ghostly effect: when visitors to the memorial sites pass behind the glass plates, it’s as if the individuals depicted have broken free from their fixed positions in black and white, setting themselves in motion as coloured spectres. (Cristina Nord)
After studying film, Christophe Cognet’s work as an author and director has frequently been concerned with the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, including Parce que j'étais peintre, l'art rescapé des camps nazis (2014). His book Éclats (2019) served as the inspiration for À pas aveugles.
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS
(France / Germany, 2021, DCP, French, German, Polish, ST: English, 110’)