Defiance (Motion picture : 2008)

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  • The deep forests of Poland and Belarus are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on true events.


  • Based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" by Nechama Tec.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
  • Special features: Commentary by director Edward Zwick; "Return to the forest : the making of Defiance"; "Children of the Otriad : the families speak"; "Bielski Partisan survivors" (photo montage of the living survivors).
  • DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
  • In English, German, and Russian; dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.


  • Special features: Widescreen presentation -- Commentary by director Edward Zwick -- "Return to the forest: The making of Defiance" -- "Children of the Otriad: the families speak" -- Language: English Dolby digital surround 5.1; French Dolby digital surround 5.1 ; Spanish Dolby digital surround 5.1 -- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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