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WW2

  • Hilary Helstein
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    In this powerful documentary, Maya Angelou reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper, and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds.

    Starring: Maya Angelou
  • Juraj Herz
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    The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II. As he tries to save his wife, daughter and Czech workers from Nazi terror, he find himself facing his own tragedy in an unexpected way…

     

     Based on real events surrounding the expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945.

    Starring: Mark Waschke, Hannah Herzsprung, Karel Roden, Ben Becker
  • Larry Weinstein
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    The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levineʼs best-selling book Hanaʼs Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Bradyʼs name painted on it. Larry Weinsteinʼs masterful film follows Fumikoʼs search to discover the details of Hanaʼs life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. A superb musical score by Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk, coupled with dramatic reenactments stunningly shot by Horst Zeidler, catches us by the heart to invoke the tragedy of the times. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hanaʼs story are woven around the drama, along with Georgeʼs memories and Fumikoʼs quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

    Starring: George Brady, Lara Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
  • Dani Levy
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    The bastard love child of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Mel Brooks’ The ProducersMy Führer is a wildly provocative and laugh-out-loud satire about Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

    December 1944: Berlin lies in ruins and the war is as good as lost. Goebbels is convinced all the country needs is a re-energizing speech from the Führer. Adolf, however, is only a shadow of his former self; demoralized and depressed, he hides in his office. The only man who can help is Germany’s finest acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum – a Jew.

     

     

    Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Sylvester Groth
  • Anna Justice
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    Amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in 1944 Poland, a young Jewish woman and a Polish prisoner fall in love. This impossible passion fuels the prisoner's courage, who manages to rescue his Jewish girlfriend. Against all odds, they escape the camp and survive a treacherous journey to freedom. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died.

    More than thirty years later in New York, the happily married 52-year-old woman accidentally gets the most astonishing news of her life: her former Polish lover is still alive. And she has to see him again.

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  • Ludi Boeken
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    Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern) is based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Münsterland, Germany hid her, her husband Siegfried and their little daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East. 

    Without reservation, these farmers offer the refugees their protection. That this turns them into heroes would never occur to them. They are used to weathering even dangerous situations somehow, guided only by their instinct and century-old code of ethics. They risk their own lives, and, if necessary, even that of their families. And this is their story.

    The film tells this story of survival with a sense for the absurd in daily life and not without the typical Westphalian humor.

    Starring: Veronica Ferres, Armin Rohde, Margarita Broich, Martin Horn
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