In 1945, when the Allies liberated the concentration camps, they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled understanding of life in the camps.
Christophe Coget’s documentary “Because I Was a Painter,” explores this underground art world and features interviews with surviving artists and curators. The documentary was also able to discover new evidence during the process.
The filmmakers traveled throughout France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland to examine paintings, drawings, wash drawings, and sculptures held in collections. “Because I Was a Painter” considers the ability of art to capture, reflect and survive under unimaginable conditions.
The film opens in New York on February 13. Take a look at the trailer and poster below: