‘The Girl Who Wore Freedom’ screens with director Q&A

'The Girl Who Wore Freedom'

‘The Girl Who Wore Freedom’

Director, cast, WWII vet and
‘Band of Brothers’ actor
to attend screening of
‘love story’ between
French citizens and
the Americans GIs
who saved them

As Americans, we probably know more about World War II than any other war in our history. We have heard about D-Day from movies and stories told by our soldiers who landed on the beaches and parachuted into pastures and towns to fight for France. They fought and died to liberate men, women, and children from enemy forces.

But an important piece of D-Day history has been missing: stories of the Normandy citizens who were occupied and liberated on that day.

For the people of Normandy, D-Day is more than a date in a history book or archival footage on a movie screen. D-Day is liberation. D-Day is freedom. For the last 75 years, their love and appreciation for their liberators continues to be passed on from generation to generation.

An upcoming feature length documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, features stunning first-hand accounts of the French citizens living under Nazi occupation. It captures their suffering during the Allied Invasion and subsequent Battle of Normandy. It documents their joy at liberation and their undying gratitude to America.

Besides screening this Sunday at Pheasant Run Resort, the film screened in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day


In their own words
The first-hand accounts will echo through history:

Americans, they are our liberators. We have to thank them forever.

In all the cemeteries, there were so many deaths to save France and all the countries occupied by Germany. Where would we be, the French, if you, the Americans hadn’t come?

That some boys, in some cases kids, went ashore to our beaches. When you realize that you are free, that you can use your language and continue to maintain your traditions, then you realize what they have done and the sacrifices that many of them have made.

An unconventional love story
The Girl Who Wore Freedom is an unconventional love story between the people of Normandy, France and the American GI’s who freed them from German occupation. Filled with memories of hardship, death, heroism, and love, it is told by the people who lived them.

Experience the profound gratitude for America’s sacrifice when you view the movie trailer at www.normandystories.com

Screening, fundraiser, focus group
Normandy Project is hosting a focus group screening and fundraiser at the Main Stage Theater of Pheasant Run Resort — 4015 E. Main Street, St. Charles — on Sunday, November 17.

The program will open with a silent auction at 2 p.m., followed by the screening at 3 p.m. Guest of Honor is WWII Veteran Walter C. Nogulich of Niles, IL, and Band of Brothers actor (and Wheaton, IL resident) René L Moreno. Christian Taylor, creator, producer and director, and other members of the cast and crew will be on hand for a question and answer session following the screening.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. Please visit the film’s website or email christian@normandystories.com for RSVPs and additional information.

Get involved
The producers are seeking financial support to complete production. If you would like to donate or share your stories of WWII, please visit the fim’s website — www.normandystories.com.

About The Girl Who Wore Freedom
The Girl Who Wore Freedom is a co-production by Taylor Productions LTD and Reverse Negative Studios Inc. under Normandy Project LLC. It is a documentary film telling the unconventional love story between the people of Normandy, France, and the American veterans who liberated them. This film is an independently produced and financed project. The film was screened in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Send your film updates to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, dan@reelchicago.com.