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  • Starring: George Brady, Lara Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
  • Written By: Thomas Wallner
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English, Czech, Japanese

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Inside Hana's Suitcase

Jewish | 2009 | 88 min.
Directed by: Larry Weinstein

The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levineʼs best-selling book Hanaʼs Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Bradyʼs name painted on it. Larry Weinsteinʼs masterful film follows Fumikoʼs search to discover the details of Hanaʼs life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. A superb musical score by Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk, coupled with dramatic reenactments stunningly shot by Horst Zeidler, catches us by the heart to invoke the tragedy of the times. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hanaʼs story are woven around the drama, along with Georgeʼs memories and Fumikoʼs quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

Critical Acclaim

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival 2010

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Rockland County Jewish Film Festival 2010

"A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means."

-Nick Schager, Village Voice

"In the end, what makes 'Inside Hana's Suitcase'' so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters."

-Loren King, Boston Globe

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