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From pacifist to spy: WWII’s surprising secret agent - Shrabani Basu


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In May 1940, with the German army ready to occupy Paris, Noor Inayat Khan was faced with a difficult choice: stand on the sidelines or join the Allied forces fighting the Nazis. After witnessing the devastation across Europe, she travelled to England to learn the art of espionage. Shrabani Basu details how a pacifist turned spy helped build the resistance that toppled a fascist regime.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Basu Shrabani
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Producer Felipe Grosso, Odirlei Seixas, Liana Vianna
  • Art Director Ricke Ito
  • Illustrator Ricke Ito
  • Character Designer Ricke Ito
  • Animator Rafael Almeida, Leilane Krebs, Rui Almeida, Allan Dantas, Daniel Mauad, Bianca Duffeck, Thiago Bonafini, Larissa Menézio
  • Editor Edgar Costa, Daniel Freire
  • Compositor Edgar Costa, Daniel Freire
  • Senior Animator Edgar Costa
  • Music Stephen Eugene Larosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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