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Inside Hana’s Suitcase – PLAYING AT CINECENTA (UVic)

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

Directed by: Larry Weinstein
Canada/Czech Republic/Japan
Run Time: 90 minutes
January 24 (3:00, 7:00)
January 25 (7:00 only)
Cincenta at UVic

Film Night

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 Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz museum and had Hana Brady’s name roughly painted on it. Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been incarcerated for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. A superb musical score by Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk, coupled with dramatic re-enactments 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 Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

For more information about the background of the film: http://www.hanassuitcase.ca/

Inside Hana's Suitcase
Category: Film Nights