Here is a sample of the feedback we have received about the film:
Keep up the masterful work. Author David McCollough recently commented at a presentation I attended that history has not been taught properly for the last two generations. Teachers can't come out of college with a degree in education; they still need a major that they are passionate about. And our textbooks are dumbed-down and boring. He believes, like I do, that many books and movies and documentaries do a much better job of teaching our past. He would be proud of your film!
--Gayle Padfield, PA
This program was brilliant -- one of the best films on PBS I have ever seen. Truly moving and a story I never knew! Thank you for making this possible!
--Andrew Stoner, IN
Outstanding program that celebrates the courage of a true American and the brave men and women of Belgium that stood up to the occupiers. A good lesson for those who take freedom for granted and don't understand that it is won and preserved at a cost.
--Bill Wright, TX
Thank you for showing this inspirational story. Once
I tuned in I was riveted to the tv. Programs like this are so valuable.
They help us never to forget the courage of many so called "ordinary
people" who through great sacrifice became Extraordinary People".
Also because they teach us a valuable history lesson that should never
be forgotten as these amazing people should never be forgotten. Even
though it could cost them their lives or worse bring suffering to
those they loved they realized what a great evil civilization faced.
--R. Trail, TX
--John V., VT
--Crystal Paynter, PA
Exquisitely moving and inspiring, from both a spiritual
and historical perspective.the 3-D effect of the black-and-white photographs
created a magical (and harrowing) effect of vicariously being there,
within that world. I happened upon the broadcast by accident and was
riveted, weeping by the end.this was one of the most transformational
experiences I have ever had as a television viewer and left me with
an overwhelming sense of admiration for the courage and "ordinary"
heroism of the Belgian people, these women, especially who laid their
lives on the line. especially affecting was the story of the mother/son
duo who were taken prisoners and, though tortured, in a shared gaze,
knew that they would not succumb.as faculty at the honors division
at UMASS, I see in my students a shocking absence of historical awareness,
a kind of indifferent entitlement in the face of such recent global
events....even when revealed through the personal stories of people
like those in your film.
--Sally Greenhouse, MA
--Emlyn Jansa, TX
--Kathleen Henderson, S.C.
--D. Tolley, TX
--C. Montville, OH
--George Spink, CA
I had the privilege to attend the premiere of the film
in Washington D.C.. My mother who was in the underground in Antwerp
during the war, and was invited by the Belgium Embassy to attend.
I met Mr. Grosvenor and his wife and son. It was a very moving time
during the showing. I was very impressed as I sat next to my mother
and saw by the expressions on her face that a lot of memories must
have come rushing back for her. This is a film I am very proud of
viewing. Although it is not of my mother's group it is a great commemorative
piece of art.
--Michael Mihalko, PA
One of the most riveting, dramatic, and inspiring WW-II true stories I have ever seen, bar none. It really was an insightful look into the details of a part of the war we have heard very little about.
-- R. Hicks, OR
This was a mesmerizing story, produced and directed with moving artistry, preserving the honor due those whose lived it. Thank you.
L. Spinner, OK
It is difficult to express my feelings upon viewing this extraordinary journey into history. My mother and grandfather were involved in the Belgium resistance/underground; neither knew the activities of the other - it was too dangerous. It was a subject that was not spoken about: I regret that they are no longer with us so that they could see your work and perhaps realize the time had come to share their experiences.
I wish programs like this could be shown in our school's history classes. Freedom never has been free and films like this bring it home so much more than reading it our of a history book.
--C. Browning, CA
--Barbara Woodin, PA
When to Watch
Last Best Hope premieres October 30, 2006, 10 p.m. Eastern
Last Best Hope is a production of Rendez-Vous Film LLC.
© 2005 Rendez-Vous Film LLC. All Rights Reserved. Published October 16, 2006