A film by Marina Willer on her family’s survival of the Holocaust
Red Trees (2017) is director Marina Willer’s attempt to understand today’s refugee crisis through the story of her own family, one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II.
Marina Willer is a partner of design agency Pentagram and a main stage speaker at WDCD Live Amsterdam on 24 May. The story in Red Trees is told through Willer’s voice and her father’s Alfred Willer, who witnessed the loss of most of his family and friends, but survived to build a post-war life as an architect in Brazil, becoming an inspiration to the next generations of his family from his daughter Marina through to his grandchildren. Red Trees is a story of acceptance, colour and hope.
Watch the trailer here.
‘Red Trees is not what you’d call a happy film, but it is uplifting. And through its direction, writing, cinematography, and music it sheds light on how survival is not just about escaping misfortune, but realizing how important it is to appreciate the joy of living.’