History has a way of turning people into heroes and, in turn, mythologizing them. But Joan Rater and Tony Phelan wanted to tell a different kind of story with their new Nat Geo limited series, A Small Light. Instead of focusing on the myth, they chose to portray the human side of one of the most heroic figures of World War II, Miep Gies.
Gies, who worked for Otto Frank, is known for her bravery in hiding Anne Frank and her family in a hidden annex in Amsterdam. She risked her life to help others during one of the darkest times in history. But despite her monumental efforts, she has often been overshadowed by the legacy of Anne Frank’s diary. Rater and Phelan sought to change that with their new series.
A Lively Presence in Every Scene
Bel Powley portrays Miep Gies in the series, bringing a lively and relatable presence to every scene. She portrays Miep not just as a hero, but as a fun-loving twentysomething, a newlywed, and a member of the Dutch resistance. She quickly endears herself to her new boss, played by Liev Schreiber, and even finds love with a man she ghosted at a nightclub, played by Joe Cole of Peaky Blinders fame.
Throughout the series, even as the world around her transforms due to the arrival of the German army, Miep remains a recognizable person doing extraordinary things. Her bravery and determination to help others in need are the backbone of the story.
A Simulcast Premiere and Streaming on Disney+
A Small Light is an eight-episode miniseries that premieres its first two episodes on May 1 in a simulcast across National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, and Lifetime. The series will be available for streaming the day after on Disney+ and Hulu.
With its focus on the human side of a heroic figure, A Small Light promises to be a refreshing take on a well-known story. Powley’s portrayal of Miep Gies is sure to captivate audiences and remind us all of the bravery and selflessness that can be found in even the most ordinary people.
Remembering the Forgotten Hero
Miep Gies’ legacy lives on through Anne Frank’s diary, but A Small Light brings the spotlight back to the forgotten heroine. Gies risked her life and her family’s safety to protect and care for the Franks and their companions. She went beyond the call of duty by bringing food, medicine, and news from the outside world to those in hiding. Even after the arrest and deportation of the eight occupants of the annex, Gies kept the diary safe, hoping that Anne would return one day to continue her writing.
The series portrays the difficulties and dangers of living in a war-torn world, where every action could result in one’s capture or execution. Miep’s bravery and compassion show that even in the darkest of times, humanity can still shine through.
Telling a New Kind of WWII Story
A Small Light is a refreshing take on the well-known story of Anne Frank and her family. By focusing on Miep Gies, the series offers a new perspective on the heroism and sacrifices made during WWII. The show portrays Miep not as a distant and unapproachable hero, but as a relatable and lively person who finds joy and love amidst the chaos of war.
Bel Powley’s portrayal of Miep is both captivating and heartwarming. She brings a sense of authenticity to the character, making the audience feel as though they are watching the real Miep Gies. Her chemistry with the rest of the cast, particularly Joe Cole, who plays her husband Jan Gies, adds another layer of depth to the story.
Simulcast Premiere and Streaming on Disney+
A Small Light will premiere its first two episodes on May 1 in a simulcast across National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, and Lifetime. The series will also be available for streaming the day after on Disney+ and Hulu. With its talented cast and unique approach to a well-known story, A Small Light is a series worth watching. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope and humanity.
The series is beautifully shot and well-acted, with attention to detail and historical accuracy. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in WWII history or simply looking for a well-crafted and inspiring story.
A Small Light brings the story of Miep Gies to life in a way that is both inspiring and relatable. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there are people like Miep who are willing to risk everything to help others.
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It is a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit and a tribute to the heroes of WWII. The series premieres on May 1 and is sure to be a hit with audiences around the world.