World War II had many horrifying aspects to it — heartless genocides, mindless propaganda and relentless civilian deaths are just some of the scars left behind by humanity’s most violent period. But few remember the more nuanced sides to the war, ones that are often overlooked. It may not be as horrifying as losing 3% of the world’s population, but cultural robbery is certainly a sickening practice that cannot be ignored.
Nearly 60 years later, a down-and-out German art detective who has made it his life’s passion to pursue long lost medieval art heard rumblings that one major piece — which had mysteriously disappeared during the chaotic ending to World War II — may have resurfaced. Using military archives, international auction houses and prestigious art institutions, Will Korte travels around the world in an attempt to track down the sought after art piece, following it to one truly unexpected location.
“The Liberators” is set to have its world premiere at SXSW in the Documentary Feature competition on March 11 at the Stateside Theatre. Catch Indiewire’s exclusive clip above.