In April 1936, the bodies of five English schoolboys were found half-buried in the snow in the German Black Forest. The truth behind this appalling tragedy quickly became lost in a dense matrix of popular mythology and political expediency. It would take 80 years and the persistence of two men to reveal the simple but shocking facts.
In the post-covid, ‘post-reality’ age, we all need to remind ourselves of the fragility of our collective grip on truth. How quickly we can all willingly let go once a falsehood presents itself that flatters us or our prejudices. How easily we become invested in building complex fantasies of collective experience.
This film doesn’t just tell a shocking story of its own time, it reminds us that Truth has always been a minority interest, and that pursuing it can be hard and thankless work – but probably the most important thing any of us can ever do.
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