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Box for Life

Director: Uri Borreda.

Three officers walk into the barrack: "Which one of you can box?" Sally and Sam immediately raises their hands. And me, a 16-year-old boy without a clue about boxing, also raise my hand; to this day I’m not sure why. One of the officers: "Tomorrow you’ll be taken for tests; you'd better not being lying!" On the next morning, they took us to a different barrack. Stepping inside, we found ourselves in a hall full of perfect boxing practice gear: a boxing ring, sand bags and practice balls hanging from springs. A dozen men was practicing there; jumping rope, punching the bags and the balls. This seemingly normal scene would have appeared quite ordinary - except that these barracks were located in the Auschwitz Death Camp; the officers were S.S. members; and the three of us - Jews, having arrived from Belgium on last night’s transport. This is the story of Noah Klieger, who was a French Jewish teenager during WWII. He smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland. He was captured by the Germans and was sent to the Auschwitz death camp. When he arrived at the camp, he claimed himself as a boxer which saved his life. Noah returns for the first time to the places that marked his life before immigrating to Israel as a crew member on board the famous boat "Exodus - 1947”. He was the last remnant of the boxing team of Auschwitz death camp, the oldest active journalist in the world, A crew member of the "Exodus - 1947”. He lay on the beach in Dunkirk when hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated to Britain. Noah Klieger is an example of courage, optimism and resilience. He is the Jewish "Forrest Gump".

Global Peace Film Festival

This year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our partners to ensure a safe experience for our guests. Our partnering venues are all requiring the use of face masks and are practicing social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.

We are doubling down on our values of access, equity, inclusivity, and independence by reimagining the Global Peace Film Festival during these extraordinary times. In addition to limited public screenings, we have expanded the Festival by providing access to those unable or unwilling to travel by offering a series of “Stay-At-Home Docs” and digital Q & A Sessions that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, we’ve also seen it as an opportunity for creative and expansive thinking.

The Global Peace Film Festival is now a single festival expressed locally, globally, in-person and online.

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Review by Siraj Syed: Of animals, animal instincts and humanity above all

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Review by Siraj Syed: Of animals, animal instincts and humanity above all A wife, a husband their zoo and the Jews. Unlikely ingredients of a film seen by us critics on the eve of Hitler’s birthday. And yet, The Zookeeper’s Wife movie survives some uneven narrative and unimaginative camerawork to settle down into a compelling, if understated, holocaust tale that more than deserves a cursory viewing. It begins as The Life of Pi, moves on to join Schindle...

10 Cloverfield Lane, Review: Hollowcaust

10 Cloverfield Lane, Review: Hollowcaust Ultra-thin story line, with some slick moments in the first half, is how one can sum up 10 Cloverfield Lane. A psychological, science fiction, holocaust, suspense tale, the film needed a rock solid unravelling. Instead, it goes off on an indulgent tangent, and you come out wondering, “So this was what it was all about?” It is the second film in the Cloverfield franchise. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but while und...

BERLIN CALLING (documentary)

Director: Nigel Dick.
Berlin Calling is possibly the first film about the holocaust seen through the eyes of a Clash fan. A punk-chick from Los Angeles traces her father's roots back to pre-war Berlin and confronts her family's dark past. Her journey takes her from LA to Houston, Paris, Berlin, Prague and finally the Concentration Camp where her father spent two years. During this voyage she discovers not only how she and her whole family were effected by Hitler's Final Solution but also that her family is larger than anyone dared imagine. She is finally able to leave a tribute to her family on the streets of Berlin and watch while her father is welcomed back to the city of his birth by the Mayor of Berlin.

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My fifth and last day at the cinematic wonderland that is DIFF consisted of three documentaries. The films are very diverse - two were made by Western filmmakers and the third one is by an Iranian who was stopped from filming his latest film and this doccie was smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive hidden in a cake! I kicked off my day with Semisweet: Life in chocolate that focuses on 4 different stories about chocolate - the top chocolatier in France, a spiritual couple's chocolates fro...

"A Life of Death" in Tremendous Company at DOCartoon in Italy!

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"A Life of Death" (2003/USA/8 mins) will play in DOCartoon in Pietrasanta, Italy from September 24-30, 2011. Other titles selected for this prestigious festival are Chris Landreth's Oscar-winning "Ryan", "Yellow Sticky Notes" by 2009 Clermont-Ferrand winner Jeff Chiba Stearns, and the multiple award-winner "Giallo Milano" by Sergio Basso. For more information on the festival, please download this program: http://issuu.com/claudianeri65/docs/docartoo...

Zlin FF Film In Focus: BROKEN PROMISE

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  The stories and lessons of the Holocaust remain a potent subject for films coming from Central Europe. Even almost 70 years after the tragic events unfolded, the interest in the subject and its human lessons remains a potent one in contemporary Czech culture. Now that it is free from the Communist yolk that all but repressed the subject (although the superb SHOP ON MAIN STREET, one of the revival highlights of this year's Festival, is an exception to the rule), Czech filmmakers con...

This Time We Can't Say We Didn't Know

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Director: Slaven Zimbrek.
This Time We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know combines the archived footage and still images of the Holocaust, Rwanda and Darfur genocide with testimonies of the Holocaust survivors to establish a parallel between the ongoing crisis in Darfur and the Holocaust. However, as the film’s title points out, ignorance cannot be used as an excuse for not helping out because “this time we can’t say we didn’t know”.

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