french premiere - This screening will be attended by Serge Viallet
In 1944, while France was still under occupation, professional cameraman Felix Forestier was sent covertly from Paris to film the Resistance forces, the Maquis, in the Vercors. He arrived in the region several days after the Allied landing in Normandy. Inspired by D-Day, a spirit of freedom was blowing across the Vercors Plateau, where civilians and fighters defied the enemy, declaring a self-proclaimed “Republic of France” on 3 July. Forty-three days later, their republic fell under enemy fire and hundreds of fighters and villagers were massacred. Forestier fled into the forest with the Resistance members to escape the bloodbath. He buried most of the films he had already shot and continued using his camera to record events. His unique footage of the Maquis Resistance was later lost and then forgotten, until 2013. Why did it disappear for so long? Why did the Vercors Maquis become a symbol of the French Resistance? And why do so many remember it as a failure?
6th episode, Season 4 of Mystères d’Archives 2015
Directors Serge Viallet, Pierre Catalan, Julien Gaurichon
Co-production INA, ARTE