DP2 is the restored version of the film DP (Displaced Person), originally released in 1982. Uniquely melding documentary and contemporary performance art, DP2 is based on the reminiscences of a displaced Ukrainian who spent most of World War II in Nazi Germany and miraculously survived forced labour, concentration camp internment, and near-deportation to Siberia. Intercut with the narrative are dynamic movement sequences shot in a vast glass and marble structure, choreographed and performed by Lily Eng (Canadian Spotlight Artist, Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2011). Eng's action sequences expand the intellectual and emotional resonances of the narrative, and vice versa. Her unique choreography, both visceral and cerebral, has been honed in art galleries worldwide and described as on the cutting edge of performance art. On another level, the juxtaposition of live sequences with intertitles in this film has been described as "powerfully evocative and absolutely brilliant" (American Film Festival, New York, 1983).
DP2 is startlingly prescient, especially considering when it was first released. Though it is a very personal narrative, DP2 candidly and unflinchingly deals with issues that are still politically volatile. It places contemporary developments in Ukraine in historical perspective, explaining their inevitability, while reflecting on the nature of human displacement everywhere.