2014 Spring Film Series

Nazi Holocaust Film Series


This semester, in the Plemmons Student Union, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will present a series of feature films and documentaries on the Nazi Holocaust. These films will be shown Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm (except for April 27 - 1:00 pm) in the Greenbriar Movie Theater of the Student Union on the date indicated below. Each film will be introduced briefly by one of the Center’s leaders, who will be available afterwards to answer questions. All films are free and open to the public


Nicky's Family

February 16

"Nicky's Family," an enthralling documentary by Matej Minac that artfully tells the story of how Nicholas WInton, now 104, a British stockbroker, gave up a 1938 skiing holiday to answer a friend's request for help in Prague and didn't stop helping until the war's beginning stopped him.  He worked frantically, placing youngsters in English homes; put away photos and documents about his project; and told nobody, not even his wife.  She eventually discovered his scrapbooks in the attic; his secrecy is never fully explained.  With lovely cinematography and lively editing, the story is told in vintage black-and-white film clips that seem oddly fresh; present-day interviews; and the kind of dramatic re-creation video usually seen on basic-cable crime or ghost shows.

Hitler's Children

March 23

This documentary is about the descendats of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime:  ment and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history.  What is it like for them to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of murder and genocide?  How do they cope with the fact that they are the children of .... literally, not just metaphorically.


April 13

Atom Egoyan's profound reflection on historical memory is an anguished, multi-layered film that comtemplates the Turkish massacre and forced deportation of more than a million of its Armenian citizens in 1915, an event still officially denied by Turkey.  In examining the lives of a group of contemporary Canadian-Armenians who are making a movie about the catastrophe, it ponders the relation between historical and personal memory and art, and focues on a canvas by the Armenian painter Arshile Gorky, who survived the massacre.

Beyond the Gates

April 27 (1:00 pm)

A harrowing recounting of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, ends with an epigraph by Elie Wiesel that is worth pondering:  "the opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference."  The movie addresses two unrelated questions.  The first -- why the west sat back as the catastrophe unfolded -- isn't satisfactorily answered, although a peripheral character, a BBC newswoman (Nicola Walker) who instructs a tv crew to videotape the butchery, suggests an answer.  When she was in Bosnia, she recalls, she cried every day at the atrocities.  Here, she observes, it's "just dead Africans."






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