I wrote about a television special that will air on BYUtv:
Movies associated with Christmas might generally be focused on the happier parts of life, but a new feature film debuting Thanksgiving Day on BYUtv tells a grittier Christmas tale: the story of American bomber pilot Clair Cline, who was captured and held as a prisoner of war in a German prison camp, Stalag Luft I, during World War II.
The film is “Instrument of War,” and director Adam Thomas Anderegg said the contrast between Christmas and war makes for an interesting story.
“There is a really kind of a dismal, hopeless aspect to war, especially when you’re in the middle of it,” Anderegg said. “I think that the juxtaposition of the two makes it interesting.”
While Cline was a prisoner, he turned to music to help him get through the ordeal.
“One of the things that really drew us to this story was reading these accounts that we found from other POWs in Stalag Luft I that talked about this POW that had made a violin, and it was his means of keeping hope alive, having something to do,” said producer Russ Kendall. “It represented a connection to his wife and to him, and it gave him something to focus on during the cold, during the hunger, during all of the deprivations that they faced. This violin, and the process of building it, gave him and those around him something to focus on and maintain hope.”