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  • Starring: Ben Abeles, Jirina Bohdalová, The Dalai Lama
  • Written By: Matej Minac, Patrik Pass
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: Slovakia
  • Language: English

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Nicky's Family

Jewish | 2011 | 96 min.
Directed by: Matej Minac

Nicholas Winton, an Englishman, organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. But he never spoke about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Then the amazing story of his heroic efforts was unravelled--and today those children have more than six thousand descendants all over the world.

Critical Acclaim

North American Awards

Winner - Best Documentary Award
Victoria Film Festival 2014

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County 2013

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Dayton Jewish International Film Festival 2013

Audience Award - Best Film
Three Rivers Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Scottsdale International Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Rockland County Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Hartford Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award – Best Film
Houston Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Sedona International Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Montreal World Film Festival 2011

International Awards

Audience Award - Best Film
10th European Film Awards 2013, Argentina

Winner - Grand Prix Award for Best Film
XVII International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro

FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award
British Film Institute 2012, United Kingdom

Winner - SIGNIS Special Prize
Prix Italia 2012, Italy

Winner – Best Director Award
MECEFF Festival 2012, Romania

Onion Seed Award - Best Film for Children and Youth
MakeDox Creative Documentary Festival 2012, Macedonia

Winner - Grand Prix
Nine Gates Film Festival 2012, Czech Republic

Winner – Grand Prix
Zlin Youth Film Festival 2012, Czech Republic

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2012, Croatia

Winner – Best Screenplay Award
Slovak Literary Union, 2012

Winner - Best Documentary Film
Slovak Film Critic's Award, 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
UK Jewish Film Festival 2011

David Camera Award for Best Music
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2011

Winner - Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award
Jerusalem Film Festival 2011

Audience Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011

Winner - Prize of the Mayor of Piestany
IFF Cinematik, Slovak Republic

Winner - Prize of Oty Hofman for Best Film
Winner - Special Jury Prize for film with the Most Impressive Moral Accent
Children’s Film Festival of Ota Hofman – Czech Republic

“In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling.

-Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

“A great story, brilliantly told. Sir Nicholas Winton is pure inspiration. See this wonderful documentary to catch some of it...

-Jennifer Merin, About.com

an enthralling documentary… lovely cinematography and lively editing…. surprisingly evocative.”

 

-Anita Gates, the New York Times

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