The Girl from Oradour

Ib Makwarth, Denmark, 2000

23 min.DK/Documentary

On Saturday, June 10, 1944, eight-year-old Genevieve Desourteaux wakes up to go to school. What she doesn't know is that just ten kilometers away, the SS is planning a direct strike against her birthplace, the town of Oradour sur Glane, in the middle of France - a total annihilation of the city and its population. Six hundred and forty-two people were brutally murdered. The story of the massacre is recounted in the film with matter-of-fact images from the place where the bodies were found, as it appears today with deserted ruins overgrown with grass.
»Pigen fra Oradour« is a warning against racism and xenophobia.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Pigen fra Oradour
Danish title Pigen fra Oradour
Keywords World War 2, France, Racism, Massacres, Civilian population, Oradour-Sur-Glane, France, 1940-1949
Director Ib Makwarth
Director of Photography Ole Neumann
Editor Ole Neumann
Sound Leif Petersen, Erik Jensen
Production country Denmark
Production company Telefilm
Domestic distribution DFI/Distribution & Formidling
International sales Telefilm / Jyllingevej 35, 2.tv. / 2720 Vanløse / t +45 4092 8685 / post@kajsfoto.dk
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production company Telefilm
Domestic distribution DFI/Distribution & Formidling


Direction Ib Makwarth


Production Franz Henriksen


Cinematography Ole Neumann


Editing Ole Neumann


Sound Leif Petersen
Sound Erik Jensen


Narrator Katja Miehe-Renard

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2001-08-13
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