MOI, PETITE FILLE DE 13 ANS
AS A YOUNG GIRL OF 13

DIRECTORS
Elisabeth Coronel, Florence Gaillard & Arnaud de Mezamat

PARTICIPANT
Simone Lagrange

GENRE
Documentary

DISTRIBUTOR
Icarus Films

RUNNING TIME 88’
PRODUCTION France, 2010
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE DVD, Digibeta

 

“‘I have not become what they wanted me to be,” she often tells teen-agers that gather to listen to her account. The strength of her words reflect the thirteen-yearold she was, as do her characteristic revolt and tenacity. By its very subjectivity, the innermost experience at the heart of each survivor's testimony, makes it unique and irreplaceable.”
From Andana Films distribution company.

In this essential documentary, the eloquent and commanding Simone Lagrange recalls, with astonishing detail, the horrors of the Holocaust and her indispensable role in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice. Born in 1930 in Saint-Fons, Lagrange, whose family was involved in the Resistance, recounts fiercely defying an anti-Semitic teacher; her unyielding courage would later save her life in Auschwitz. Composed of a lengthy interview with Lagrange interspersed with archival footage (and a recent speaking engagement in a classroom), As a Young Girl of 13 features a subject who recalls the most unspeakable acts of barbarity with clear-eyed acuity. Of her first meeting with Barbie—a.k.a. the “Butcher of Lyon”—Lagrange shares the incongruous image of this brutal SS officer stroking a cat. It is precisely Lagrange’s razor-sharp memory for details that proves crucial in identifying Barbie more than 40 years later, when he was extradited to France after decades of living under an alias in South America. Footage of Lagrange testifying at Barbie’s trial in 1987—asserting that he is, without a doubt, the man who tortured her—stands as the most riveting moment in this unforgettable film about a most formidable woman.

 

 

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