Much has been written and filmed about the First World War, about the daring soldiers or “poilus” on the front line, or the life of those “hidden away” at the rear. But practically nothing has been said about civilians living on the front line. Nothing about how they were deported, how their lives were destroyed, about a part of France that disappeared. For several years, historians have been turning their attention to the fates of these people who have been erased from the country’s memory. Experts have begun to talk about a new concept: brutalisation, i.e. the radical and deep-running change to society brought about by the First World War.
This documentary tells the hitherto unknown story of five frontline villages in Champagne—five families, we might say—destroyed during the First World War and erased from the map for ever more.
Writer & Director: Xavier-Marie Bonnot
Cinematography : Ursula Wernly Ferguy
Editor : Caroline Lefevre
Sound : Eric Lebel
Voice-over : Marie Polet
Source : France Télévisions / ECPAD avec la participation de la Région Grand Est / DMPA / CNC / BDIC / Callystan Production