Nazi prisoners' imaginary feasts explored in Berlin documentary

A documentary screening at the Berlin film festival looks at how Nazi concentration camp prisoners, POWs in Japan and people trapped in the Soviet gulag system used their imagination to overcome hunger. The film “Imaginary Feasts” by French director Anne Georget explores notebooks filled with fantasy recipes that prisoners left behind under unimaginable circumstances as proof of a remarkable kind of quiet resistance. “They feasted on words because they were dying of hunger,” said Andre Bessiere, who was interned at the Nazi camp Floeha in eastern Germany. The prisoners there met each week and exchanged hundreds of recipes they wrote in makeshift journals.