I am developing a documentary film. It will be a collaboration with my good friend Ken Dirschl. I plan to keep a journal of the process.
I must admit that I don’t have much energy tonight to write about it, but this is a promise to do so in the future.
Well, I’ll try to write a little bit…
I will say that the themes are basically about two first generation Canadian friends. One of German decent, the other of Polish/Russian decent. How they might have been mortal enemies if they had lived a half century ago.
Now as young Canadians they are capable of empathy for both sides of the story of conflict.
Particularly about post war German suffering. A topic less discussed in the conventional narrative.
The basic premise is to travel to Poland to look for Ken’s grandfathers grave. He would have died as a German soldier/prisoner of war. Neglected and starved in POW camps post 1945.
We will try to figure out where he is buried and go there.
Along the way the themes of enemies and victims will be explored through interviews with both of our family members.
Our travels should take us through Germany, Poland, Belarus and possibly Russia.
Oh, and we will travel this story on motorcycles. The motion and immediacy of motorbikes should be more visually stimulating for the audience. I think? No?