3 Jul 15
Three Days in Auschwitz, a new documentary from acclaimed director Philippe Mora, with music by Eric Clapton, will debut at the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland on 24 July. They are also the film’s producers. Speaking of their collaboration to Where’s Eric!, Mora said, “This was a unique and trusting collaboration between old friends. I was simply blown away by Eric’s score for this film which combined the tragedy of the events with a celebration of life. He created music with great dignity and emotional power. In my opinion, this is one for the ages.”
Their friendship goes back to 1967, when both resided at the artist’s colony, The Pheasantry, on the King’s Road, Chelsea. Mora had recently moved to London from Australia to make his mark in art and filmmaking. Eric produced the director’s first film, Trouble in Molopolis (1969). Twenty years later, the guitarist composed music for Mora’s alien encounter film, Communion, which starred Christopher Walken and Lindsey Crouse.
Three Days in Auschwitz grew out of Mora’s personal investigation as mother, Mirka, avoided Auschwitz by one day. On his father’s side many perished in the Holocaust. He started filming the documentary inside Auschwitz in 2010 following a 7 film retrospective of his work at the New Horizons Film Festival.
Of the documentary, Mora wrote on his website last year, “In 2010 I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps for the first time and filmed the visit. I knew many of my relatives had been killed there. Incredibly, that year I also found over 250 documents from Poland and Leipzig, documenting the fate of seven Morawski family members. In 2012, I revisited the camps again with my friend Harald Grosskopf, with whom I had made the documentary German Sons. The two visits triggered an ongoing personal investigation into the matrix of Holocaust Restitution, with the Morawskis, my murdered family, as a portal into the shocking world of Nazi barbarism and looting. With billions of dollars unaccounted for, for millions of victims and heirs, the issue remains an open wound, the legacy of unprecedented crimes against humanity. This film documents this odyssey into the heart of evil, past and present.”