Ne plus ultra: Latin.
1. the highest point; acme.
2. the most intense degree of a
quality or state.

Either way, as the gun was lifted Noor gathered strength and shouted her last words for her killers to hear. Liberté. Noor was only thirty years old.
      It took til 1947 for her family and the SOE to confirm her death however soon after in England her mother and brother dreamt of Noor surrounded by blue light. She told them she was free. Posthumously she was honoured for her immense bravery by being given the Georges Cross, the French Croix de guerre with gold star and more. Like many women combatants her importance has been ignored. Her biographer has stated she importantly shows us how to live by qualities like pacifism and compassion. She is also an example of the two and a half million Indian volunteers who helped in the War. Those from the empire who aided in the fight against Nazism are seldom remembered or respected  enough much like women. Noor was a ‘gentle writer and  musician’ ,but also a ‘tigress in the field’. She was a pacifist who died with liberty on her lips. A woman who touched those around her irretrievably. A mixed race woman who fought for a country she saw as oppressive  because  the Nazis had to be stopped. She was a woman of contrasts. Someone completely human like us all. Someone who embodied true valour and spirit. Through her we can see courage is ‘not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it’.

Paris 2014 by hidden33 

Weekend. Jean-Luc Godard. 1967. France/Italy.

Elina Labourdette
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, Robert Bresson, 1945