I’m so lucky to have such a great family. Last week when I was dying of tonsillitis my mum really took care of me, and last Sunday my sweet, over- worked sister, Sera Shortland, agreed to spend four and a half hours watching a documentary on France during WWII with me at the Phoenix Arts Cinema, Leicester.
This is undoubtedly the best documentary ever produced on the politics of the period - I’ve not been able to stop thinking about it for the last couple of days. It could have stood to be a little shorter, but there you go. There is a great selection of interviewees with a range of experiences, opinions and motivations that you’ll find hard to forget. None of the central participants are women, which is a lost opportunity.
If you don’t know much about French geography, history or politics this is a bit of a crash course but the best way to get an understanding of the times and situations.