Landscapes of Resistance traces a journey through the memories of antifascist 97-year-of fighter Sonja, one of the first female partisans in Yugoslavia, who was also one of the leaders of the Resistance movement at Auschwitz. We make her story travel through time towards the bodies of the new generation of antifascists, bespeaking that it is always possible to think and practice resistance.
Sometimes great stories start out trivial. Just like making a friend or borrowing a book, having a conversation is an ordinary thing that happens in anyone’s life. But when these ordinary events maintain a certain direction and will, at times they lead to important moments in one’s life. Sonja, who lives with her cat, was the first female partisan in Yugoslavia. She is an Auschwitz survivor and anti-fascist activist, who has struggled for human rights for all of 97 years. In her first feature-length film, video artist Marta Popivoda steps out of the conventional documentary format. The film restructures past events using Sonja’s interviews, archive materials, and images of the places where resistance movements were held. As Sonja narrates the history of resistance etched in her life from the very beginning to the tragic moments in her own voice, the beautiful landscapes on the screen complete her story. This contrast leads to a cinematic success that depicts the terrible history of mankind and the beauty of life. (Sung MOON)
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