Made in 1948, just a few short years after the horrors it strives to process, Distant Journey is one of the first feature films to tackle the subject of the Holocaust, and was the debut film from controversial avant-garde visionary of Czech theatre, Alfréd Radok.
Set in the Bohemian town of Terezín as the Nazi transports to German extermination camps began in earnest, Radok's vividly experimental film blends documentary footage with a fictional love story between a Jewish woman and her gentile husband. A mix of raw expressionist intensity and analysis, Distant Journey presents a harrowing account of the Nazi horrors of the recent past and remains a stark, ever-relevant warning from history.
DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Distant Journey (Daleká cesta,1949) presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
All-new Projection Booth commentary with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
The Opening of the Wells (Otvírání studánek, 1960): Alfréd Radok s acclaimed short film inspired by a poem of Miloslav Bure and set to Bohuslava Martin 's cantata of the same name.
Butterflies Don't Live Here (Motýli tady ne ijí, 1958) - a documentary film by Miro Bernat about the Terezín ghetto.
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and film historian Jonathan Owen