Spaak was a builder of modern Europe, where we have lived in peace for 75 years.
Les Films de la Mémoire
Création et Mémoire
Nowhere Land Productions
Founded in 1987 by Diane Perelsztejn and Willy Perelsztejn, Les Films de la Mémoire ASBL is a non-profit organization based in Brussels, in the heart of Europe. Its aim is to build memory by developing, producing and distributing films of a specifically historical nature on all audiovisual media. Création & Mémoire and Nowhere Land Productions are the group’s Belgian and Luxembourg companies in charge of film production.
Our main production lines can be summed up in three words:
Our films are fortunate to have very successful international careers.
Escape to the Rising Sun
20,000 Jews fled Nazi persecution to find refuge in Shanghai, China. The film tells the story of the long exodus of 5,000 Jews who crossed the entire USSR and Japan before finally finding refuge in Shanghai.Learn more
Chronicles of Hope
In July 1936, civil war broke out in Spain. It would last three years. 40,000 people from all over the world would fight in the International Brigades for the survival of the Spanish Republic.Learn more
It's a contemporary portrait, weaving imaginary family ties between the Jews of Rhodes and their descendants. The film recounts the survival of this community marked by the Shoah and its revival in the Belgian Congo.Learn more
The Comic Strip Hits 100
Graphic novels are an art form in their own right. The heart of the film is built on the relationship between graphic novels and other arts: painting, literature, sculpture and cinema.Learn more
Chocolat Mon Amour
Flavor, taste, sensuality, pleasure, voluptuousness, softness, smoothness, finesse, prestige, luxury, class, elegance, passion, art de vivre! Chocolat, mon amour tells the story of how chocolate went from being a luxury product to a sweet treat accessible to all.Learn more
From Auschwitz to Jerusalem
This is the story of Jewish children hidden in Belgium to survive the genocide. After the war, they were orphaned and taken in by the Jewish Agency. They left clandestinely to emigrate to Palestine.Learn more
Victor Martin's Mission
October 1942, Victor Martin is sent by the Belgian resistance to Germany to see with his own eyes where the trains deporting Belgium's Jews go. His mission takes him to the gates of Auschwitz.Learn more
Robert Fortune the Tea Thief
In the mid-19th century, the British Empire launched an extraordinary espionage mission: to steal the secrets of the tea industry from Imperial China. The mission was entrusted to a brilliant young Scottish botanist: Robert Fortune.Learn more
Les Routes du Thé
More than just a drink, tea represents an economic market in its own right, a product that arouses passions, an industry that dates back over 200 years.Learn more
The Picture Divided
Within 15 years of Salazar's dictatorship, 800,000 Portuguese fled their country and settled in France. Most were undocumented immigrants. Using eyewitness accounts and archive footage, the film recounts their exile.Learn more
Just a Link
A unique message of humanism and humanity from Resistance fighter Andrée Geulen. The story of 12 women from the Comité de Défense des Juifs, how they organized themselves in occupied Belgium to save thousands of children.Learn more
Heim ins Reich
Heim ins Reich ("Back to the Reich"), recounts the failure of the annexation of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1944.Learn more
Siegi Hirsch - Weaving Human Relations
Siegi Hirsch has had a major influence on European psychiatry and psychotherapy. Educator, trainer, therapist, he lives to help others live better. He's a thief of ideas, an "irreferent"!Learn more
Concert Yiddish Soul
The Concert Yiddish Soul on March 16, 2005 in Brussels embodies the renaissance of Yiddish song. Hosted by Myriam Fuks, Karsten Troyke, Shura Lipovsky and the KlezRoym revive an almost forgotten art form. Concert Yiddish Soul goes hand in hand with Yiddish Soul.Learn more
Yiddish Soul is a journey to the heart of the renaissance of Yiddish song, through the passion of Karsten Troyke, Shura Lipovsky, and the KlezRoym, young European artists.Learn more
A contemporary portrait of rural, conservative Midwestern America, through the prism of a specific community, the descendants of Luxembourg immigrants, their way of life today and their history.Learn more
The Lunch Box
In Belgium, there's an object called a sandwich box. It's ordinary, functional, commonplace. It doesn't appear in any French-language dictionary, but every day, Belgians use it to carry their meals - sandwiches.Learn more
David Susskind - Story of a Mensch
Story of a Mensch is the portrait of David Susskind, player and witness to all the great struggles of Judaism over the last 60 years for Israel, for secular Judaism, for a solution of Peace between Israelis and Palestinians.Learn more
Between 1942 and 1944, 24,916 Jewish men, women and children were deported from Belgium to Auschwitz. Only 1,206 returned. Modus Operandi describes the operating mode of the genocide committed by the Nazis.Learn more
A musical film dedicated to one of the greatest contraltos of the 20th century: the Englishwoman Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953). An international career that lasted 8 years. And yet a voice and charisma unequalled to this day.Learn more
Paul & Sophie
Sophie Rechtman and Paul Sobol are two survivors of the Holocaust, she a hidden child and he a deportee to Auschwitz. Both tell their stories.Learn more
Mille Chemins du Temps
Inventor Jean-Pierre Beauviala has left his mark on the history of cinema in recent decades, inspiring directors with new ways of approaching reality: the "cat on the shoulder" camera, sound/image synchronisation, the Aaton 30...Learn more
Waterloo - The Last Battle
This is the thriller of one of history's most famous battles. Hour by hour, minute by minute, the film retraces the events of June 1815, Napoleon's defeat.Learn more
70 years after the Holocaust, three survivors, three separated friends reunite. They take us to the core of their memories as hidden children.Learn more
The Paper Brigade
Saving the books! During the Nazi occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania, 40 Jewish poets, writers and intellectuals risked their lives to fight the Shoah of culture. They succeeded in saving tens of thousands of books.Learn more
Ashcan - The Secret Prison
This is the story of a unique prison. From May 8, 1945 to August 10, 1945, the main Nazi leaders were held in the greatest secrecy at Ashcan, a prison administered by the American army in Luxembourg: Goering, Doenitz, Keitel, Rosenberg, Ley, Frank, Streicher, Seyss-Inquart, Lutz von Krosigk, von Papen...Learn more
From May 8, 1945 to August 10, 1945, the main Nazi leaders were held at Ashcan, a secret prison in Luxembourg. This is the story of the metamorphosis of Nazi leaders from mere prisoners of war to those accused of the worst crimes in human history.Learn more
Royals at War
Confronted with Hitler and Mussolini, how will Europe's monarchs react? To save their throne, they had to make a choice: resist or collaborate.Learn more
Spaak - The Belgian who made History
First President of the UN, Secretary General of NATO, father of the Treaties of Rome, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium: Paul-Henri Spaak was a founder of modern Europe, where we have been living in peace for 75 years.Learn more
Australian Jewish News
In Escape to the Rising Sun, Belgian filmmaker Diane Perelsztejn has added an authoritative visual essay to the small body of work on the mid-century Shanghai Jews...
Includes wonderful archival footage of the bustling Jewish quarter, a traditional Rhodes wedding and intimate interviews with the survivors of Rhodes who still speak and sing in Ladino.
MAD Le Soir
Enfant de l’étoile jaune, David Susskind n’a pas oublié d’où il vient. Cet émouvant documentaire en forme de portrait est là pour le rappeler.
Ashcan de Willy Perelsztejn est un film aussi important qu'intelligent sur la prison secrète pour dignitaires nazis à Mondorf-les-Bains en 1945. Un documentaire essentiel pour le devoir de mémoire.
Diane Perelsztejn retrace la lutte clandestine de cette armée des ombres pour préserver de précieux documents. Nourri d’émouvantes archives, d’éclairages d’historiens et de proches, un captivant récit.
Surprise, et elle est bonne : voici un documentaire extrêmement bien fichu, alliant l'intelligence pédagogique à l'art du suspense, incarné par le duel Wellington-Napoléon.
Truffé de documents rares, d'entretiens avec des musiciens ou d'enregistrements inédits de Ferrier, le film de Diane Perelsztejn file la chaire de poule et fait tout à la fois du bien. ... C'est tout à la fois de la nourriture spirituelle, du vin chaud pour les ventres affamés, et du baume pour les âmes mortes.
"Modus operandi" est autant un film d'actualité qu'un documentaire historique, tant il montre qu'une fois le doigt pris dans l'engrenage de la stigmatisation, de la diabolisation, c'est tout le corps qui peut finalement y passer.
La Libre Belgique
Truffé de documents inédits, accompagné de témoignages et de quelques reconstitutions en guise de lien, ce film, édifiant sur le fond, sobre sur la forme, rappelle que, proportionnellement, l’épreuve endurée par le Grand-Duché du Luxembourg pour préserver son identité nationale fut aussi importante que celle de ses voisins.
La Libre Belgique
"Robert Fortune, le voleur de thé" ajoute, au puzzle des récits qui retracent l'histoire et les trajets du thé, une pièce estimable, abondamment documenté, neuve et riche d'enseignements, notamment quant aux ambitions et enjeux économiques, voire politiques, de ce commerce si lié à la culture et au quotidien de l'humanité.
35 Years of Memory Work
In over 30 years of audiovisual production, we have created a HERITAGE of films dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust, the Resistance and the survivors. It's an essential part of our remembrance work. Our ambition is to provide the entire teaching and continuing education community with this high-quality tool for a comprehensive, pedagogical and relatively exhaustive approach to the Shoah and its context from Belgium and Luxembourg.