Germaine Tillion à Ravensbrück
Le Verfügbar aux enfers
David Unger
2008 - 60 min - DV Cam - Couleur - France

"Verfügbar in Hell" is one of the most astonishing, and probably the most humorous of texts ever to come out of the Nazi death camps. In October 1944, Germaine Tillion, ethnologist, deported to Ravensbrück a year before, began secretly to write an "operetta-revue." Her aim was to entertain her comrades, make them laugh by making fun of themselves and their living/survival conditions. By distancing their suffering through humor, she cast another light on the system crushing them and restored life to the one thing that could keep them going: hope.
For the centenary of Tillion's birth in June 2007, the Théâtre du Châtelet premiered this vital and unusual work. Interweaving scenes from the production and the accounts of six deportee women resistance fighters, Tillion among them, Verfügbar in Hell describes how, in a camp where death was everywhere, prisoners resisted and survived through laughter, music and words.

Author-Director : David Unger
Photography : David Nadjari, Thomas Faverjon, David Unger
Sound : Sébastien Noiré
Editing : Guilhem Mahieu
Delegate Producer : Cinétévé
Broadcasting Co-producer : ARTE France
Contribution : CNC, Procirep, Sacem, Théâtre du Châtelet, Ministère de la Défense


Distributor : Cinétévé
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