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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to buil...d a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-co... Show More


Defiance (2008) is a gripping historical drama set during World War II. The film follows Jewish brothers who escape Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe and find refuge in the dense forests of Belarus. There, they join forces with Russian resistance fighters and embark on a mission to establish a makeshift village, providing safety for themselves and over a thousand Jewish non-combatants.

Led by Tuvia, the eldest brother, the group faces constant challenges and battles with the Nazis, as they struggle to survive amidst the harsh conditions of the forest. Faced with limited resources and constant threats, the brothers must navigate internal conflicts within the group and make difficult decisions to protect their community.

Based on a true story, Defiance explores themes of resilience, bravery, and the power of unity in the face of unimaginable adversity. The film highlights the deep bonds formed between the brothers and their determination to resist and fight back against their oppressors.

Defiance is a visually stunning and emotionally charged film that sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of World War II. With its compelling narrative and outstanding performances, it presents an inspiring tale of survival and the human spirit's triumph over unimaginable horrors.

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16 Jan 2009


Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick, Nechama Tec


Nominated for 1 Oscar. 2 wins & 5 nominations total