April 15, 2014

Saviors on the Screen 2014 presented by the JCC Manhattan and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation

“Saviors on the Screen” a special Films Series dedicated to the rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust presented by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the JCC Manhattan will take place on April 27-28, 2014.

Started in 2006 following an initiative of the IRWF, Saviors on the Screen is organized annually to commemorate Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

All the presentation will take place at the JCC Manhattan, located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.

2014 Saviors on the Screen Program

Kisses to the children

The stories of Five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation. Their stories of terror, anguish, and confusion are also stories of salvation and carefree childhoods with strangers. These children were forced to mature abruptly, and grew up in silence carrying the memories of the thousands of children who were never given the chance to grow. The movie follows these “hidden children” from childhood to present day, revealing their hidden stories and invaluable personal documents – a child s diary, photographs, and home movies. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.

Dir. Vassilis Loules (Greece, 2012)
Sunday, April 27 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q+A with the Director

When day breaks

Misha Brankov is a retired music professor. One morning he receives a letter requesting him to contact the Jewish Museum in Belgrade. At the museum, he learns that during some excavations on the sewers at the city s Old Fairgrounds, an iron box was found in this same place where an infamous concentration camp was set up for Serbian Jews and Gypsies. The contents of the box will change the profesor s life forever.

Dir. Goran Paskaljevic (Serbia/Croatia/France, 2012)
Monday, April 28th, 2014 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Followed by a Q+A

The one that got away

In 1944, teenagers Thomas & Edith were interned by the Nazis in Budapest. Alone and afraid, they fell in love. One day Thomas snatched a chance at escape. He spent a year running and never knew what became of Edith. A lifetime later Thomas retraces his wartime journey. On the other side of the globe, from her home in Melbourne, Edith recalls her own path to survival. The two begin corresponding. The documentary weaves the divergent stories of their past with their crystallizing friendship in the present. But after 60 years apart, will they change one another s lives again?

Dir. Sam Lawlor and Lindsay Pollock (UK/Hungary, 2012)
Mon, April 28th, 2014 – 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Followed by a Q+A

For more information and to buy tickets please call 646-505-5708 or visit the JCC Manhattan s website.