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Three Minutes: A Lengthening (12A) + Recorded Q&A

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

A short piece of found film becomes a fascinating journey into the past in Bianca Stigter’s haunting and moving documentary.

Nasielsk is a small village some 30 miles north of Warsaw. In 1938, when the three-minute piece of footage that lies at the heart of this film was shot, it had a population of 7,000. Almost half were Jewish, and many were employed at the local Jewish-owned button factory. The film has become a record of a world that irrevocably changed. Just over a year later, the local Jewish population was ordered to gather in the square that appears in the film, to become prisoners of the Nazis and, for the majority, to be killed by them.

What makes Stigter’s film so compelling is how the footage transforms, the film lengthens what we initially see into a detailed account of the disappeared.

Followed by a recorded Q&A with special guests Academy Award-winners Helena Bonham Carter and Steve McQueen as well as the remarkable debut director Bianca Stigter.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

2021 Netherlands dir Bianca Stigter 69 min

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