The main idea of the film was to question the myth of resistance that was established after the end of the war in Luxembourg and became one of the founding pillars of the national identity and unity. We started from the assumption that in-between resistance and collaboration, the two extremes, there were people that behaved in many different ways, according to the situation or their needs. This area could be classified as grey area and does not fit into the black and white view of the war that many adopted.
We split the movie in two parts, which were again split in different subparts. On the one hand, we let the people who lived through the war speak, and we gave them the opportunity to express their point of view. On the other hand, we chose to introduce a narrator who commented on the this simplified reality of what happened during the war. The content of these short speeches was based on recent scientific research. During the narrator’s short interventions, we showed national symbols of resistance, as for example the Golden Lady, to amplify the absurdity of this one-sided, constructed history of national unity and resistance.
We chose to let the narrator speak in English as we were a group of students from different linguistic backgrounds, English being our common language.