Documentary feature Three Days in Auschwitz on DVD in May
28 January 2016
Film director, Philippe Mora and music legend Eric Clapton have joined forces to co-produce a very personal film – Three Days in Auschwitz – which details life and death in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
As a Jew, born the year after the end of World War II, Philippe Mora was a second-generation holocaust survivor who lost eight members of his family at Auschwitz. Unaware for many years about the role his father played in the French Resistance and how his mother had evaded certain death at Auschwitz by one day, Philippe Mora takes us on a personal journey that many holocaust survivors have had to walk to try to come to terms with the scale of inhumanity that the Nazis showed towards the Jews. From Melbourne to Paris and London, Mora traces the people who lived through the horrors of concentration camps and discovers how his own life was very nearly extinct before he was even born.
Three Days in Auschwitz is the story of how Mora was eventually driven to visit Auschwitz itself after decades of avoiding this death camp. His message is that while it remains a chapter in our history that must never be forgotten – it should also be remembered that monsters did not carry out Hitler’s instructions for the Final Solution of the Jewish Question, they were ordinary human beings. ‘To ignore this fact’, states Mora, ‘is to allow the next Hitler to arise and commit genocide.’
As well as being a co-producer, Mora’s heartfelt film boasts a score which has been specially composed and performed by Eric Clapton. The haunting sound of Clapton’s guitar accompanying the train trucks ferrying thousands of Jews into their death on the rail tracks of Auschwitz is unforgettable, according to Mora, who has a long-standing friendship with Clapton that goes back to their days as flatmates around the Kings Road in Chelsea when Mora was a young artist and Clapton about to hit the big time in music.
As well as Clapton’s soundtrack, Mora who has directed many films including Communion, Howling II and III, Mad Dog Morgan, has showcased some of his paintings that were inspired by the memories of holocaust survivors and his feelings about the Nazis. ‘Are you a Jew?’ Hitler asks Mickey Mouse in one of Mora’s paintings.
Three Days in Auschwitz will be released on UK DVD and digital by Screenbound Pictures on 9th May 2016 at the RRP of £12.99, along with special public screenings.
Philippe Mora’s Sons Of Our Fathers film: Can two men from widely differing belief backgrounds find a way towards a reconciliation? Both Harald Grosskopf and Philippe Mora were born in Germany, Harald is the son of a soldier who was a member of the Nazi Party, while Philippe is the son of a Jewish artistic family. They met in Berlin in 2009, and by reflecting on contemporary Berlin, and the past, Mora creates an interwoven portrait of two people affected by the Hitler years.