Lina Raso January 12, 2017

 Screening times

Event Cinemas Bondi Junction

22nd November – 3:15pm
ACMI Cinemas Federation Square

15th November – 3:15pm


Canada-Czech Republic 2009 Larry Weinstein  93 mins In English, Czech & Japanese; English subtitles

This superb adaptation of Karen Levine’s internationally acclaimed best-seller, Hana’s Suitcase, is one of few films about the Holocaust seen in the past 20 years that is suitable for children.

It tells the present-day story of a group of Japanese children who, with the help of their passionate and tenacious teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, are able to solve the mystery of a young Czech girl, Hana Brady, whose name appears on an old battered suitcase from the Auschwitz Museum.

The film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her older brother, George, in Toronto.

As young children, they had been incarcerated in Theresienstadt after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939.

This is a remarkable story that is brought to life through the contemporary young voices of three groups of children from Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic.

The children act as omniscient narrators and make the story their own, seamlessly transporting us through 70 years of history, and back and forth across three continents. It is a film of astonishing power and hope.

Please note this film is suitable for a General Audience (no age restriction applies).

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