The past collides with our precarious present in Steve McQueen’s bravura documentary Occupied City, informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City (Amsterdam 1940-1945)
written by Bianca Stigter. McQueen creates two interlocking portraits: a door-to-door
excavation of the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city, and a vivid journey
through the last years of pandemic and protest. What emerges is both devastating and
life-affirming, an expansive meditation on memory, time, and where we’re headed.