Destination Unknown (2017) on Netflix

Destination Unknown (2017)

Destination Unknown
Average Rating: 7.8/10


Movie Info

Destination Unknown blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors to the screen. The film creates a seamless mosaic of first-hand accounts, rare archive from the time, and family Super 8 footage from after the war. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation. They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, those survivors’ struggles were only just beginning. With the only interview ever recorded of Mietek Pemper, the stenographer for the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp Commandant – Amon Göth and advisor to Oskar Schindler, who previously refused to talk on film, among other incredible personal stories, Destination Unknown paints a uniquely intimate portrait of survival, revealing the pain that has never faded, but cannot crush the human spirit. Their stories do not end with liberation. We see how they had to survive the chaos that came afterwards, and their attempts to build new lives.

Critic Reviews for Destination Unknown

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

What comes through is the clarity, not just of the survivors’ memories but of their rage.

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
Top Critic

A good addition to the existing collection of films on the Shoah.

June 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Juliette Cottu
Little White Lies

Claire Ferguson’s movie is not only powerful, but usefully varied in its range of tales.

June 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

Destination Unknown is a sensitive addition to the canon of films that tell the story of the Shoah, but sadly it doesn’t move the story on.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Saskia Baron
The Arts Desk

As the duo describe how they summoned the will to keep living, it becomes abundantly clear that the scars have never healed.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Destination Unknown is a moving account of a generation with precious memories of the best and worst of humanity.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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Reviews are culled from: Rotten Tomatoes.