What is the one principle or belief for which you would risk everything — including your life? Most of us have never known what it means to “resist” — against a tyrant, dogma, or political regime — and to live or die for our beliefs. Historic activism in its purest sense — for principles and values that are central to the human experience and that transcend cultures and generations — finds its voice in the documentary film, Last Best Hope: A True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance (previously titled Rendezvous with Freedom: A True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance), a riveting, intimate, yet little-known story about the Belgian Resistance in World War II.
Accompany downed P-47 pilot Bill Grosvenor as he retraces his steps and reunites with the people of Belgium who chose to wage a secret war against Hitler through their efforts to harbor and repatriate Grosvenor and other Allied airmen who were stranded within their borders.
Because of the selfless acts of his rescuers in the Belgian Resistance, Bill stayed one step ahead of the Gestapo for seven months in 1943 and 1944 until his eventual arrest and incarceration in a brutal Nazi prison in Brussels. After more than sixty years of silence, surviving Resistance fighters have come forward to share their stories for the benefit of current and future generations. The film explores the myriad motivations — ethical, spiritual, and ideological — that propel one stranger to help another, despite the risk to his or her own life and everything dear.
Last Best Hope: A True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance will inspire viewers to consider their personal convictions and — perhaps — begin to seek and protect “the good that is the most precious” in their own lives.
The documentary’s producers include filmmakers David Grosvenor, Ramona Kelly, Mat Hames, Walter Verstraeten, Beth Hames, and Wilson Waggoner. The film's original score was composed and orchestrated by Stephen Barber. Photography by Rick Patrick, except where noted.