During WWII, almost 1 million people in 22 countries carried out the unprovoked murder of 11 million innocent men, women and children. 99% of those responsible were never prosecuted; most were never even questioned. The Allies knew what their crime was. The Allies knew where a great many of the murderers could be found. The Allies unanimously agreed to prosecute those responsible when they drew up The London Agreement in August 1945. But, after the late 1940s, these very same Allies did almost nothing. Why?
Director David Wilkinson’s sole motivation for making Getting Away With Murder(s) was to find out precisely why so many were actively permitted to get away with their crime(s) – the crime of mass murder on an industrial scale. He knew long before he began filming that the answer would be more than complex. The narrative leads with interviews, including with the 101-year-old Benjamin B Ferencz who is the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Nazi hunter Dr Stephen Ankier, British broadcaster and writer Robin Lustig, German prosecutor Jens Rommel and Holocaust memorial co-founder and humanitarian campaigner Dr James Smith.
Despite the extensive documentary coverage of the Holocaust to date, not one film has explored in any depth the almost total lack of justice, statistically, towards the vast numbers of eagerly participating perpetrators who, at war’s end, simply walked away – untouched by justice. This film addresses this glaring omission.
The screening includes an intermission and will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with director David Nicholas Wilkinson.
MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.
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