2012 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival


Sunday, March 11

$8
Film: Nicky's Family
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 3:00PM
Nicky's Family

Nicky's Family

A Charlotte Jewish Film Festival film

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Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival and the 2011 UK Jewish Film Festival

"Anything that is not actually impossible can be done, if one really sets one's mind to do it and is determined that it shall be done."
- Sir Nicholas Winton

Just before the outbreak of World War II, 29-year-old London stockbroker, Nicholas Winton started hearing from friends in Prague that Jews were losing their jobs and their homes. A Christian with Jewish roots, he traveled to Prague to see what was happening.

Between March and August 1939, he arranged the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children. But his heroic actions remained a secret. For more than half a century, Winton did not speak about his unselfish act with anyone, not even his wife. It wasn't until his wife, Greta, unearthed an old leather briefcase containing lists of the children, letters from their parents and details of their evacuations that his secret was revealed.

Since his story was made public, Winton's "children" have been found and his "family" now numbers almost 6,000. "Nicky's Family" is the story of a man who took great risks 70 years ago and continues to inspire us all to make today's world a better place.

Complete list of honors and awards:

Audience Award for Best Documentary
2011 Montreal World Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary
2011 UK Jewish Film Festival

The Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory
2011 Jerusalem Film Festival

Audience Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (chosen from 275 films)

Reviews

"People were very moved, cried and laughed during the screening. Many talked afterwards about how uplifting and hopeful it was... People truly responded to the positive hopeful message in the film and appreciated the emotional complexity so expertly conveyed through the archival footage and reenactment scenes."
---Iris Dechsler, Artistic Chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival after Nicky's Family showing garnered an audience score of 95%!

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Director: Matej Minac

Language: English

Run time: 96 minutes

Documentary

Czech Republic 2011

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