Unlike the many films that have documented World War I and its wake of destruction, our project will tell the little-known and exemplary story of the rebuilding of a particularly ravaged area of northern France. That regeneration happened thanks to the efforts of Anne Morgan and her 350 young American women volunteers who rebuilt villages and brought much-needed aid to the destitute population of Picardy in the immediate aftermath of the war.
The documentary film will be the occasion to pay tribute to the brilliant, independent and altruistic Anne Morgan, whose pioneering work prefigured what would later come to be called “humanitarian action” – disconnected from any political or religious movement.
Thanks to absolutely exceptional and previously unseen photographs and film footage from the Anne Morgan Film Archive, this documentary brings the dramatic post-war period and the surprising adventure of rebuilding France back to life, on the trail of Anne Morgan, a mysterious woman with a remarkable destiny.
The story will be told from both sides of the Atlantic, and will reveal the exceptional fate of a woman in the vanguard of both feminism and humanitarian action.
Official Selection, 28e Festival International du Film d’Histoire, Pessac