DocNights: Nelly & Nadine + Q&A CTBA

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This film was last shown on 27 February 2023

Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. In the middle of the horrors of the war, the two women begin their life-long love journey.

After two months they are separated when Nelly is transferred to a different camp. After being liberated towards the end of the war, they manage to reunite and decide to start building a life together. For many years Nelly and Nadine’s lifelong relationship was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family.

Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story. Among the photos, love letters and film reels in the archive, there is also a diary written by Nelly.

Nelly & Nadine is a remarkable story about war sufferings, mysteries, love against all odds, the healing power of music, well kept secrets, and the complicated family stories of concentration camp survivors, still trying to deal with the ghosts of the past.

This screening will feature an introduction by Mita Suri, Film Programme Producer at Sheffield DocFest, and will be followed by a Q&A with director Magnus Gertten.


Magnus Gertten
1 hour 33 minutes
English, French, Swedish, Spanish, English subtitles


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