In 2010 I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps for the first time and filmed the visit. I knew many of my relatives had been killed there. Incredibly, that year I also found over 250 documents from Poland and Leipzig, documenting the fate of seven Morawski family members. In 2012, I revisited the camps again with my friend Harald Grosskopf, with whom I had made the documentary German Sons. The two visits triggered an ongoing personal investigation into the matrix of Holocaust Restitution, with the Morawskis, my murdered family, as a portal into the shocking world of Nazi barbarism and looting.
This is the definitive story of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015, and of the three days of horror that followed, leaving twenty dead and a nation traumatised. A true ticking-clock film, the documentary will be structured tightly around the three days of terror. The keyword is immediacy, so that we feel like we’re watching a drama, but where real lives are at stake, and every word is true. The film will unfold in the present tense, using UGC and police footage to take us into the heart of the action and, providing the emotional heartbeat of the film, powerful interviews with those who were there.