This is the first ‘draft’ of a new, radical shift in approach to the story, created with director-shot footage on location in Netherhill, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Bad Salzuflen, Perm, and Moscow, augmented by uncleared archival footage, narrated by directer. This is a rare opportunity for film buffs or students to compare two versions of the same story, to see how one idea matures over the development phase. Most directors do not share this process with their audience. This footage was shot over a 20-year window of following the main subject, the director’s mother, a Russian Red Army soldier, captured during the Second World and forced into Nazi slavery. This demo is not for broadcast. Script: Roxana Spicer. Editor: Michele Hozer.
An idea begins to take form….