Nadia Boulanger's harp and piano student goes undercover
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, directed and produced by Robert H. Gardner and narrated by Dame Helen Mirren, accords honor to one of World War II’s (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945) most unlikely but most successful Special Operations Executive (SOE) covert operatives in German-occupied France.
It brings to light Noor-un-Nisa’s (Light among Women) professional achievements as:
• children’s book author of Twenty Jataka Tales of compassion and non-violence in 1939;
• children’s nurse associated with the Red Cross;
• first female radio operator secreted from England to help the French Resistance; and
• last surviving clandestine operative in war-torn Paris.
The 55-minute biographical documentary indeed concentrates upon Noor’s four months code-named:
• Jeanne-Marie Renier;
• Nora Baker.