In 1940, the British Expeditionary Force is stationed across the channel in support of France and Belgium. Winston Churchill has only just become the Prime Minister when Nazi Germany launches their attack westward. The nightmare of a second world war is becoming reality.
When advancing forces threaten to encircle the British Expeditionary Force, their best chance of evading defeat is the strategic withdraw to Dunkirk. The bulk of British forces continue the fight, caught between either surrender or rescue. The risks of evacuation are great and time is growing short as a national call to prayer sounds across England.
Narrated by Stuart Burgess, “Operation Dynamo” features animated maps and original war-time footage. Reenacted scenes dramatically bring to life the meaning and emotion of that time in history.
Stephen Keller, an expert on the famous “Dynamo” evacuation, adds insight by pointing out significant details. Military Historian, William Potter describes the events of this pivotal beginning of World War II and points to the moments of Providence. While the evacuation was not a miracle, God’s hand of mercy is evident, as people around the world turned to God through prayer. And small events, over the course of a few weeks in 1940, influenced decades of world history.
“Operation Dynamo makes a fine pairing with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (2017) from last July and Joe Wright’s November entry Darkest Hour (2017). Through interviews and astonishing footage, the film seems to intend to fill in some of the historical and contextual cracks that could not have been covered in Nolan’s film. Director Benjamin Owen weaves the story well between these interviews, authentic clips and audio, an even and underscored narrative within a brisk, 40-minute film” —Review by The Dove Foundation [read full review]
- “A documentary created with flair.” — Christian Life International Film Festival.
- “Very solid videography and historical content. Great interviews and commentary. The maps that show the advancements of the armies was very helpful to the casual historian and helped to communicate what was going on at that moment in time. Seriously, History Channel quality.” — John A.
- “It was very informative and had great acting!” — The Christian Film Festival
- “I had the pleasure of attending two screenings of Operation Dynamo at the CWVFF18 and was surprised at the amount of new information I learned about Dunkirk. There were many providences of God that I had never heard a word about and there was a great balance of interviews, graphic maps, battlefield footage and historical re-creation of the time period. I actually enjoyed it more the second time round! Operation Dynamo is definitely worth watching and it gives one a greater appreciation for all of the heroes involved in the Dunkirk evacuation.” — Hosanna S.
- “We were very pleased with the production and the information and Historical content provided…. Also paramount was William Potter’s insight into the event. His ability to describe feelings by soldiers as they face misfortunes and the elation felt as they’re snatched from the jaws of almost certain death. I recommend “OPERATION DYNAMO” to all who have a love of history and true events and happenings during our lifetime.” — Davis M.
- Award of Merit : Impact Docs International Competition 2018
- Documentary Silver Award : Christian Life International Film Festival 2018
- Best Soundtrack and Best Acting Fan Favorite Awards : Christian Film Festival January 2018
- Award of Merit Winner : The IndieFest International Competition 2018
- Official Selection : Christian Worldview Film Festival 2018
- Official Selection : Bare Bones International Film Festival 2018