Three Minutes: A Lengthening

Footage of a Jewish town in Poland in 1938.

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

A short piece of found film becomes a fascinating journey into the past in Bianca Stigter’s haunting and moving documentary.

Nasielsk is a small village some 30 miles north of Warsaw. In 1938, when the three-minute piece of footage that lies at the heart of this film was shot, it had a population of 7,000. Almost half were Jewish, and many were employed at the local Jewish-owned button factory. The film, once a snippet capturing everyday life, has become a record of a world that irrevocably changed. Just over a year later, the local Jewish population was ordered to gather in the square that appears in the film, to become prisoners of the Nazis and, for the majority, to be killed by them. By the end of the Second World War, only 100 of the village’s Jews had survived.

Directed by

Bianca Stigter

Narrated by

Helena Bonham Carter

Produced by

Steve McQueen
Floor Onrust

Curzon Film poster

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