Struggling with the past

The documentary that started as “A Lucky Boy” 
is turning into “The Man Who Escaped From Russia”

Struggling with the form:

Despite its modest format (below 30 min. in length, single character) this project is taking more time then others.  

The question how do we negotiate tragic memories remains the driving force of this tale of a survivor.   

Is it possible to forget? 

Are we able to leave the past behind? 

What does it take to reconcile the past with the present?

And on the formal level:

can that which is recalled be illustrated at all?

what’s the key element in presenting memories?

what’s the relationship between a still and a moving image when both refer to the past?

to what extend music and sequencing can editorialize without influencing the essence of the spoken transmission?