Carmel Jewish Film Festival - History Night
Venue: Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel
Film: 7:30 pm
Discussion: 9 pm
This film tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His scrapbook and record of saving these children went into storage.
With the humility that only comes with a very few, Winton had no idea of the impact he had. Nor did he know that his selflessness so long ago would inspire a lesson to save children in need worldwide. His exploits would probably have been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, had not found a suitcase in the attic full of documents and transport plans.
Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.
Winner of 14 awards: Pittsburgh, Rockland County, Hartford, AJC Seattle, Houston, Charlotte, Denver, Atlanta, Sedona, Palm Beach, and Montreal. Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival. Audience Award at the 2011 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
"The last part of the film is celebratory, as it depicts the ongoing positive results of Winton's bravery, such as the descendants of those he saved detailing how it inspired them to their own humanitarian efforts and footage of a gala musical event featuring Prague schoolchildren at which he was the guest of honor. This film is a masterpiece."
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