First Run Features presents the Streaming, Blu-ray and DVD premiere of Charlotte Juergens’s new documentary Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2022.
Don McCarthy was 20 years old on D-Day, when his infantry division landed on Omaha Beach. Don and the other veterans who survived D-Day will someday soon have passed into memory and legend. This realization inspires 20-year-old filmmaker Charlotte Juergens to join Don and seven other D-Day vets on a journey to France – a commemorative pilgrimage to Omaha Beach for the 70th anniversary of the invasion.
The vets come to see Charlotte as a granddaughter, trusting her with their stories as they confront the trauma that still haunts them 70 years after the war. In capturing their lives, Sunken Roads offers an intergenerational perspective on D-Day, presenting the memories of 90-year-old combat veterans through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman.
“The film is extraordinary!”
-Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC
“Manages to capture an innate gentleness and twinkly-eyed mischief in all of these men…Sunken Roads brings a hugely personal touch to such a massive moment in history.
It is, at times, a very emotional watch.” -JumpCut (UK)
“A disarmingly sweet film.”
-Saturday Evening Post
“Juergens’ filmmaking style is classic cinema verite: the cinema of truth. There is no artifice. There are no special effects. She’s never intrusive. She lets her subjects control what the lens and microphone will discover. Their faces are iconic.”
Festivals & Honors
Winner! Outstanding Feature Documentary
Normandie–World War II International Film Festival
G.I. Film Festival
National WWII Museum
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
National Museum of the U.S. Army
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Streaming on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon & Vimeo On Demand plus DVD & Blu ray availability begins May 30, 2022
DVD UPC: 7-20229-91815-2 DVD Catalog #: FRF 918152D
DVD PRE-BOOK: May 30, 2022 SRP: $24.95
DVD Disc Features: 12 Bonus Scenes
BLU-RAY UPC: 7-20229-91816-9 BLU-RAY Catalog #: FRF 918169D
BLU-RAY PRE-BOOK: May 30, 2022 SRP: $29.95
BLU RAY Disc Features: 2-disc set; 20 Bonus Scenes; 5.1 Audio