2014 Autumn Film Series

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity?: France and the Holocaust Film Series


Each semester, the Center sponsors a film series that explores how the cinema treats the topics we teach. Whether documentary or narrative, cinematic images have the power to move us to a new awareness. This autumn, we offer films that explore the Holocaust in France and begs the question: were the French culpable in the arrest and deportaion of more than 78,000 Jews? All films are subtitled.  Please join us for these significant screenings.

The Film Series is held in the Greenbriar Cinema inside the Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University. All showings start at 2:00pm on Sundays and are FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.


  The Round Up (La Rafle)

    September 14

Based on the true story of a young Jewish boy, this 2010 film depicts the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup (Rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv), the mass arrest of Jews by French police who were Nazi collaborators in Paris in July 1942.



  Monsieur Batignole

September 28

A box office hit when released in 2002, the film shows how a French grocer helped a young Jewish boy safely reach Switzerland. The film depicts how on one side there were people who wanted to enjoy and own whatever property belonging to the Jews was confiscated by the Germans and on the other was Edmond Batignole who sensed the humanity in himself and wanted to help the homeless Jewish boy.

  Free Men (Les hommes libres)

   October 12

This 2011 film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi, recounts the largely untold story about the role that Algerian and other North African Muslims in Paris played in the French resistance and as rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. It features two historic figures: Si Kaddour Benghabrit, Grand Imam of the Grand Mosque of Paris, and Salim Halali, an Algerian Jewish singer.


  A Love to Hide (Un amour à taire)

   October  26

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich is sheltered by an old friend whose status as a member of the “third” sex soon leads the Gestapo pounding on his door as well. This is one of few films about the deportation of homosexuals during World War II.


  A Secret (Un secret)

   November 2

Adapted from Philippe Grimbert’s bestselling novel, A Secret is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents’ past. Before the war, his father Maxime was married to Hannah when he fell madly in love with another woman, Tania. As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the Holocaust.

  One Day You’ll Understand (Plus Tard)

    November 16

This 2008 film focuses on a French businessman who finds himself distracted from his work and increasingly obsessed to find the truth about his family’s history during WWII as the trial of Lyon’s Gestapo head Klaus Barbie plays out on television.






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