Who is Colette Marin-Catherine? Meet the subject of Oscar-winning film

Leigh McManus April 26, 2021

Who is Colette Marin-Catherine? People are asking the question after a film made about her life scooped an Oscar for best short documentary at last night’s Academy Awards.

Who is Colette Marin-Catherine and what is the documentary about?

As mentioned, the piece won an Oscar for best short documentary at last night’s 93rd Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, California. But what is it about?

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Colette features 90-year-old French woman Colette Marin-Catherine, one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance against Nazi German occupation of the country.

Colette had always refused to set foot in Germany after her brother, Jean-Pierre, was killed in the Mittelbau-Dora Nazi concentration camp there 75 years ago.

She changes her mind when a 17-year-old history student named Lucie Fouble enters her life. She is studying the camp near Nordhausen, Germany, and eventually Colette joins her on a journey there.

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The film debuted on the Guardian in November 2020, the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, held for the purpose of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice after World War Two.

Where to watch the Colette documentary

As mentioned, the film debuted on the Guardian in November 2020 and is available to watch on their site for free.

 

The film was directed by Anthony Giacchino, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Alice Doyard, also an award-winning producer and director.

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The film was produced by Oculus Studios and Respawn Entertainment.

Colette is also available to watch on the Guardian’s YouTube channel.

Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.