Movie Fact #167 - March 9th, 2021

 

The 2008 film Defiance is an historical film centered around the Bielski partisans, a group led by Polish Jewish brothers, who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. To add an air of authenticity, the production was shot in Lithuania which was just across the border from the film's setting, Belarus (Approximately 150 to 200 kilometres away from it to be exact). Perhaps the most endearing part of the production was that some of the local extras cast in the movie were in fact descended from families the group had rescued. Which adds a touching element to the whole thing, I feel. Stay tuned!

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