Holocaust Documentary INSIDE HANA’S SUITCASE Set To Open in New York City

By at April 6, 2012 | 6:22 am | Print

In 1999, after a soul-shattering visit to Auschwitz, Tokyo Holocaust Museum director Fumiko Ishioka inquired about any materials she could obtain to teach kids about the terror that had taken place. What she received inspired her own detective work, a bestselling book by Karen Levine, and a documentary by director Larry Weinstein: It was a suitcase with the name “Hana Brady” and the date “May 16, 1931″ painted on the front. The film (and the book) is called Inside Hana’s Suitcase, and it’s now scheduled to begin a New York City theatrical run on April 18, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Having premiered at the 2009 HotDocs Canadian Festival, and currently running at the indie West Newton Cinema in the Boston suburbs, Inside Hana’s Suitcase includes photos, animation, sepia-toned re-enactments, and interviews, including talks with today’s children in the Czech Republic, Canada and Japan. At the film’s NYC venue, the Quad Cinema, director Larry Weinstein will be in attendance on the 18th; Ishioka and Hana’s surviving brother, George Brady, are scheduled to appear at screenings from the 20th through the 22nd. Here’s a list of Inside Hana’s Suitcase screening locations.

The following video includes a series of clips from the film. An absolute must-watch.

And here are two photos from the film, an actual image of Hana and its fictional parallel:

Original photo from documentary film Inside Hana's Suitcase

A re-creation of the original photo from Inside Hana's Suitcase

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