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Poetry of Resilience

Production: Penelope Pictures
Year: 2011
Genre: Documentary
Length: 40/53 min
Format: HD

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"Poetry of Resilience" is a 40-minute documentary about six poets who survived some of the worst political atrocities of the 20th century: Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, the Iranian Revolution. By summoning the creative voice of poetry to tell stories of survival and witness, each reclaims humanity and dignity in the wake of some of history’s most dehumanizing circumstances. With grace and humor, the film explores language as an internal means of survival—for the poet and the readers of poems.


Written, Produced and Directed: Katja Esson
Inspired by a creative Idea of: Jan Warner
Co-Producers: Corinna Sager, Alison Granucci, Sabine Schenk
Editor and Visual Effects: Susanne Schiebler
Additional Editor: Felix Drawe
Creative Consultant: Carolyn Forché
Original Music: Eric v. Hachikian
Additional Music: Azad Naficy
Camera: Martina Radwan, Ferne Pearlstein, Caspar Stracke
Associate Editor: Kate Eales
Consulting Editor: Sabine Hoffman
Writing Consultant: Laura Barnett