Every Face Has a Name
On April 28, 1945, boats with prisoners of war and survivors arrive from the German concentration camps to the port of Malmö. Their first steps in freedom is filmed by Swedish news photographers. 70 years later, the survivors see these movies for the first time. They relive the feelings of happiness, but also the confusion and the uncertainty. In the end they discover themselves - in a film reel from the day when life began again. In his new film, Magnus Gertten follows the work he started with Hoppets hamn (2011). Through extensive research, he has managed to name many of the unknown faces seen in the film from April 28, 1945. There is an unusual mix of survivors standing on the dock in Malmö that day. Norwegian resistance men, Polish mothers with newborn children, British spies and Jewish survivors. 70 years later, they get to tell their stories. Every face has a name is a movie about the complicated moment of liberation. The scenes from 1945 are repeated all over the world, even today. In the film we also meet a group of refugees who, in July 2014, are able to get to Sicily in a small fishing boat. They are part of the endless stream of war refugees forced to leave their homelands. We see them in the news broadcasts everyday. Everyone is anonymous. All are faces without names.