Inside Hana’s Suitcase


Free seceening on Sunday, May 1 at 2:00. Seating is first come first serve.

This film/event is in cooperation with the Council for Holocaust Education’s 2011 Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration “Searching for the Lost” featuring Fumiko Ishioka, Executive Director of the of Tokyo Holocaust Resource Center, who is a primary focus of the film and responsible for the research that lead to the rediscovery of Hana Brady. Fumiko will be at the Circle for the showing May 1st and will speak and answer questions following the film.

Is the poignant story of two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events that they endured just because they happened to be born Jewish. Based on the internationally acclaimed book “Hana’s Suitcase” which has been translated into 40 languages, the film is an effective blend of documentary and dramatic techniques. In addition to tracing the lives of George and Hana Brady in the 1930’s and 40’s, “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” tells the present-day story of “The Small Wings”, a group of Japanese children, and how their passionate and tenacious teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, helped them solve the mystery of Hana Brady, whose name was painted on an old battered suitcase that they received from Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp built in Poland. The film’s plot unfolds as told through contemporary young storytellers who act as the omniscient narrators. They seamlessly transport us through 70 years of history and back and forth across three continents, and relate to us a story of unspeakable sadness and also of shining hope. For this is a Holocaust story unlike others. It provides a contemporary global perspective and lessons to be learned for a better future. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Larry Weinstein, “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” is a powerful journey full of mystery and memories, brought to life through the first-hand perspectives of Fumiko, Hana’s brother George, and of Hana herself.

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