Return to Dresden
The Strength of Peace - A selection by Douglas Roche

Return to Dresden

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In 1945, Great Britain and the United States organized a bombing raid that devastated the ancient city of Dresden. This short documentary returns exactly 40 years after its destruction and celebrates its renaissance with the re-opening of one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. One guest at this gala was the Canadian navigator of one of the bomber planes, returning to Dresden on a mission of peace that brought him face-to-face with the people who were once his enemies.

The carpet bombing of Dresden, Germany in 1945 was a prelude to the massive destruction wrought by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Forty years later, the city celebrated its renaissance with the opening of a new opera house. One of the guests was a Canadian navigator of one of the bomber planes. Now an ardent peace activist, he discovers the humanity that rose from the rubble.

Douglas Roche
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Credits
  • director
    Martin Duckworth
  • editing
    Martin Duckworth
  • producer
    Jacques Vallée
  • camera
    Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
  • sound
    Richard Besse
  • sound editing
    Alain Sauvé
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
    André Gagnon
  • narrator
    Earl Pennington
    Frances Hyland

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