Award of Merit – “Nachthexen” (Denmark)

Title: Nachthexen
Runtime: 8 min
Country: Denmark
Director: Julie Herdichek Baltzer
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: June, 2017

Synopsis: An elderly, soft-spoken veteran recalls when she joined the Soviet Air Force’s first all-female bombing squad. She reminisces about her friend Katja, and how they made the best of their antique equipment, struggled with being ostracised from their male comrades, and earned the fearful German nickname ‘Nachthexen’.