Nelly & Nadine

a documentary film about love against all odds


Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years Nelly Mousset-Vos and Nadine Hwang’s lifelong relationship was kept a secret, also to their closest family members.

Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie Bianchi, has decided to open the many boxes with Nelly and Nadine’ unseen personal archives. Among the photos, love letters and film reels is a diary, written by Nelly during her two years in the Nazi camps. In these never published notes she tells the story about how she met Nadine in Ravensbrück and how their love made them survive the horrors in the camps.

The diary is the starting point for Sylvie, when she takes on the task to uncover Nelly’s and Nadine’s dramatic love story. It is a remarkably story about love against all odds, the healing power of music and a family trauma still influencing their relatives two generations later.


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