“Defiance” is an Edward Zwick (“Glory”) film that was released in 2008. Zwick was inspired by an obituary for Zus Bielski. He based the screenplay on Nechama Tec’s Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. The movie was made in Lithuania in a forest about a hundred miles from the location in Belarus where the Bielskis actually conducted their operations. The movie was a modest success. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score by James Newton Howard.
in the movie, three Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, and Jamie Bell) take to the forest to get revenge against the Germans. They are soon joined by Jewish refugees which complicates their simple strategy of ambushing Germans. The Jews set up a community in the forest and try to survive, but the Nazis are hunting them.
The movie is relatively accurate in bringing recognition to a little-known Holocaust tale. The acting is very good and there are some strong female characters. There are some good action scenes, but the movie is more of a character study and an inspirational story of survival. If you want a Holocaust movie where the Jews fight back, this might be your cup of tea.