Thursday, May 23, 2013
New film shares true story of Mormon teens who took a stand against Hitler
(by Cecily Markland deseretnews.com 5-20-13)
During World War II, three Mormon teenagers took on the Third Reich and the new film “Resistance Movement” shares the history of the Helmuth Hubener Resistance Group.
The 94-minute DVD from Covenant Communications also movingly portrays the teens’ initial confidence and determination to make a difference, followed by a significant trial of their faith and the ordeal that would lead to arrest at the hands of the Gestapo and to the death of one of the members of the group.
Filmed in Utah, where descendants of the teens still live, “Resistance Movement” features an interesting combination of cinematic and theatrical approaches, including some allusions to musical theater throughout. While slightly affected in a few places, the technique ultimately succeeds in conveying a powerful message.
By writer/director Kathryn Moss and produced by Nathan D. Lee, owner/operator of the Utah-based Friday Feature Productions, the film begins when 16-year-old Helmuth Hubener pays a late-night visit to his friend, 15-year-old, Rudolf “Rudi” Wobbe. That evening, Hubener carries a shortwave radio. They soon discover that BBC London broadcasts reveal a much different story than what people are being told in Nazi Germany.
For six months, the two and their friend, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, 17, write and distribute treasonous, anti-Nazi leaflets throughout Hamburg. One day, Hubener is arrested. Within a short time, the other two are imprisoned as well.
Filmmakers accurately show the lengthy interrogations and harsh punishments the boys endured; yet, they do so as tastefully as possible. However, some scenes may be disturbing to young children.
All in all, “Resistance Movement” is well-done, with a strong message of standing for one’s convictions and of relying on God as the only true source of strength.
The DVD is available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Costco and Amazon.com.