FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

VAN DONKER NAAR LICHT

By Marc LANSU

WESTERDOC - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

The impressive story of a Jewish war child who liberates herself from the dark shadow of the Holocaust through art.

Festivals
& Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Market Selection
Visions du Réel 2019
Media Library selection
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • DUTCH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 44 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marc LANSU
    • Producer(s)
    • Marc LANSU (WESTERDOC)
    • Synopsis
    • From Darkness to Light tells, in an intimate way, the impressive story of Jewish war child Timna, who liberates herself from the dark shadow of the Holocaust through art.
      It is 1942 when Timna is born in a boarding house full of refugees in Amsterdam. At only fifteen months old she and her mother are deported, but later released. Her biological father is killed in Auschwitz, along with his entire family.
      After the war Timna feels as if her mother and stepfather are still in hiding. The house is dark, the window covered by a piece of dense lace curtain, in which she pokes holes to look outside. She is a somber, angry and scared little girl, haunted by nightmares.
      A huge turning point comes when she discovers abstract art. The lack of reference to reality puts her anxious mind at ease. It means a real liberation for her.
      When at a later age she herself starts painting, everything falls into place.

      The intimate, personal approach and the positive twist make From Darkness to Light more than only a war story. Alongside the trauma of war and persecution, it is also a story about the power of art, and the universally recognizable search for identity and a place in life.