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Menemsha Films is proud to present the film La Rafle (The Roundup) to U.S. audiences. This acclaimed French epic, starring Mélanie Laurent and Jean Reno, depicts the true story of France's infamous Vel d'Hiv roundup, when the Jews of Paris were rounded up by French police and sent on a road with no return.
In the summer of 1942, French police carried out an extensive raid on Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people — including 4,000 children. After spending several miserable days in the Vélodrome d’Hiver stadium at the apex of summer with little food or water, families were deported to internment camps elsewhere in France and then, finally, to Auschwitz. With it’s emotionally astute and sensitive exploration of a long taboo subject in France — Jacques Chirac issued a public apology to the citizens of France only in 1995 — the raid, its political backdrop and the exquisite and poignant beauty of Paris during war time are brought to stirring life in writer-director Rose Bosch’s new French cinema classic.
July 16th, 2015 marks the 73rd anniversary of these tragic events. We invite you to learn more about the "rafle du Vel d'Hiv", to remember both the great atrocities and incredible kindness which we are capable of inflicting upon and fostering in one another.
We are proud to present this video Q&A with Boston 'Winton Child' Eva (Fleischmann) Paddock, filmed at last week's sold-out show of Nicky's Family at the West Newton Cinema! Watch Eva share her incredible story as one of the 669 children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton almost 75 years ago. Discover Winton's inspiring story in theaters now!
Eva was also featured in Boston's Jewish Journal. Read here!
"Nicholas Winton’s wartime heroics are not as well known as that of Oskar Schindler, but that may change with the release of Nicky’s Family." - Jewish Journal Boston
Sunday, May 19th marked the 104th birthday of "Britain's Schindler" Sir Nicholas Winton! Join the worldwide birthday celebrations in honor of this true hero.
Watch CNN's celebration of Sir Nicholas:
It's not too late to give a birthday gift to Sir Nicholas - Join over 214,000 people worldwide in supporting him for the Nobel Peace Prize! Click here to sign & share the petition.