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IN THEIR NAME
Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG
Runtime: 27 min
Produced In: Australia
Directed By: Peter Hegedus
December 1941: a group of women and a 10-year-old girl named Sorella Epstein are photographed after being ordered to take their outer clothing off in freezing temperatures. Humiliated and silenced, they are among 3,640 Latvian Jewish women and children massacred by Nazi troops and their Latvian collaborators at Skede Beach, Latvia.
Almost 80 years later, Ethel Davis, a 90-year-old Jewish Australian, is till haunted by this massacre. She is the author of a book about the Latvian Holocaust, written after she found out that her aunt and cousins were killed there.
Ethel is now helping Australian-Hungarian filmmaker Peter Hegedus - whose grandmother survived the Nazi concentration camp - to explore the story behind the photo.
In Their Name is part of a unique suite of films that also include Sorella's Story, an immersive VR360 narrative short film, and a feature documentary, To Never Forget.
Written and directed by Peter Hegedus
Produced by Peter Hegedus, Jaclyn McLendon, Bobbi-Lea Dionysius
Cinematographer – Zoltan Vladucz
Editor – Agnes Mógor
Co-Producers – Axel Grigor, Zoltan Vladucz
Script Consultants – Stefan Moore, Rebecca McElroy, Axel Grigor, Pat Laughren
Sound Designers – Alicia Butterworth, Mel Bertram
Produced by Soul Vision Films
The Producers acknowledge the support of Screen Australia's Producer Equity Program. Produced with the assistance of Screen Queensland, Griffith Film School and the Disrupting Violence Beacon program, Griffith University, Focus Fox and Sun Star Studios.