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A remarkable story of uncovering the past of two women who fall in love at a concentration camp in 1944 and reunite to spend the rest of their long lives together


This extraordinary documentary follows opera singer Nelly Mousset-Vos and writer Nadine Hwang, who met and fell in love while imprisoned in Ravensbrück, a German concentration camp, in 1944. Despite being separated in the last months of the war, they later reunite and spend the rest of their lives together. All that is left of the unlikely love story — kept secret for decades — are photos, letters, and Super-8 film reels kept in boxes. Stumbling upon these years later, Nelly’s granddaughter Sylvie begins piecing together Nelly and Nadine’s legacy and uncovering the records of their remarkable love.

Winner of the Teddy Jury Prize at the Berlinale Film Festival, NELLY & NADINE takes audiences on a journey through these personal archives to excavate the nearly forgotten history of one of the greatest love stories never told.
This film will be followed by a Q&A.

Presented in partnership with Keshet, the Consulate General of Sweden New York, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives


Magnus Gertten


Ove Rishøj Jensen


Nelly Mousset Vos, Nadine Hwang