Films screening at this event

Through Lotte’s Lens

Director
Tony Britten
Country
UK
Year
2018
Duration
109 min

The extraordinary story of the refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in the 30s and found refuge in the UK, viewed through the lens of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf.

Through Lotte’s Lens tells the extraordinary story of the ‘Hitler Émigrés’, the refugees – mainly Jewish who escaped the Nazi regime in the 1930s and found refuge in the UK. Despite many of them being interned on the Isle of Man after war broke out, they brought a richness of endeavour and achievement to this country that still applies today. Musicians, actors, artists, architects, scientists, historians shared a belief in the power of democracy and a loyalty to the country that had welcomed them.

Told through the portal of Austrian portrait photographer; Lotte Meitner-Graf, this is a story which is both engaging and thought-provoking and the film’s epilogue, featuring the extraordinary sculptures of Ana Maria Pacheco underlines the contemporary resonance of the plight of the immigrant and the importance of nations closing neither their eyes nor their doors.