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Documentary Film Programme
5 December 2005 - 8 January 2006
Daily screening times: 10.30am and 2.30pm
88 Hatfield Street, Gardens

During the school holiday period the Cape Town Holocaust Centre will present daily screenings of a selection of documentary films

  • Hana’s Suitcase: An Odyssey of Hope (30 min)
    One Japanese teacher’s persistent search for the story of Hana Brady, the owner of a suitcase found in Auschwitz. Deported from Terezin, Hana died in Auschwitz in 1944, aged thirteen. (2004 )
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 9, 15, 23, 29
    2.30pm: Dec 7, 21, Jan 3
  • Karussell (65 min)
    Ilona Ziok’s musical documentary chronicles the tragic story of the German-Jewish actor/director Kurt Gerron, an inmate of Terezin and director of the infamous Nazi propaganda film, ‘Hitler gives the Jews a City.’ The film includes interviews with Kurt Gerron’s contemporaries and pays tribute to the talents and achievements of one of the great forgotten showmen of our time. (1999)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 6, Jan 3
    2.30pm: Dec 18, 28
  • Secret Lives (75 min)
    The complex and emotional story of Jewish children who were saved from the Nazis by non-Jews who, at great personal risk, took them into their homes as an extraordinary act of human decency. Whether hidden for months or years the experience affected both the hidden children and their rescuers. Directed and narrated by Academy Award winner Aviva Slesin, herself a former hidden child. (2004)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 5, 13, 22, 27, Jan 5
  • The Optimists: (82 min)
    Produced by Jacky & Lisa Comforty, the film tells the little-known story of how some 50,000 Bulgarian Jews survived the Holocaust, thanks to the efforts of their fellow citizens who thwarted the attempt of the Bulgarian government to accede to the Nazi demand for their mass deportation. (2000)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Jan 4
    2.30pm: Dec 5, 13, Jan 1
  • The Short Life of Anne Frank (30 min)
    The story of Anne Frank’s life is told through quotations from her diary, unique photographs from the Frank family albums and historical film extracts. The film is designed for both young and adults. A project initiated by the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam the film is narrated by Jeremy Irons. (2003)
    Screenings: 2.30 pm: Dec 8, 15, 26, Jan 2, 5
  • The Void (55 min)
    Holocaust survivor, Pinchas Gutter was a child living in Lodz, Poland, when the Nazis invaded in September 1939. The next six years of his life was spent in the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek, Skarzysko-Kamienna, Buchenwald and Thereisenstadt. Almost 60 years later with his wife and children, Pinchas returns to the void that was his childhood. Directed by Stephen Smith, founder of Britain’s first Holocaust centre, Beth Shalom. (2002)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 8, 30
    2.30pm: Dec 11, 14, 20, Jan 8
  • Voices of the Children (80 min)
    The story of three people who were imprisoned as children in the Terezin concentration camp. The filmmaker, Zuzana Justman who herself spent two years in Terezin, traces the survivors’ war experiences through personal journals and drawings. The survivors attend a performance of the children’s opera, Brundibar, and recall the special significance it holds. (1996)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 7, Jan 6
    2.30pm: Dec 12, 22, Jan 4
  • Yellow Stars: (60 min)
    Renowned filmmaker Joan Grossman has designed a visual realisation of ‘Yellow Stars’ a concerto for orchestra by Russian composer Isaac Schwartz, written in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Using images and texts from the time of the Holocaust, diaries and rare film footage from the Polish ghettos, the film successfully illustrates the exquisite and moving music. (2004)
    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 14, 28, Jan 8
    2.30pm: Dec 6, 25
  • From the Auschwitz Chronicle - 5-part series
    (30 min each)
    The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum presents a series of five documentary films which preserve and highlight the human tragedy that was the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Fragments of testimonies read by narrators Kenneth Branagh and Miriam Margolyes form the narrative layer of the film. Visuals include contemporary footage of the camp, documentary photographs, paintings and drawings. (2005)
    Part 1: The Longest Roll Call
    Part 2: The Orchestra
    Part 3: The platform in Birkenau
    Part 4: Love
    Part 5: The Sonderkommando

    Screenings: 10.30am: Dec 11, 12, 20, 21
    2.30pm: Dec 27, 29
  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
    (6-part series – 60 min each)
    Written and produced by BAFTA award winner Lawrence Rees, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution, more than any previous documentary about the Holocaust, reveals the inner workings of the Nazi implementation of Hitler’s infamous ‘Final Solution.’ Using new research, the series offers a unique perspective on the camp in which more than one million people, mostly Jews, were ruthlessly murdered. This major new 6-part documentary series has been co-produced by KCET Hollywood and the BBC. (2004)
    Part 1: Suprising Beginnings
    (March 1940 – September 1941)
    Part 2: Orders and Initiatives
    (September 1941 – March 1942)
    Part 3: Factories of Death
    (March 1942 – March 1943)
    Part 4: Corruption (April 1943 – March 1944)
    Part 5: Murder and Intrigue
    (January 1945 and beyond)
    Part 6: Liberation and Revenge
    (January 1945 and beyond)

    Screenings: 10.30am : Dec 16, 18, 25, 26,
    Jan 1, 2

Enquiries: phone 462 5553
Posted: 12/6/2005 (9:50:58 AM)

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