Inside Hana's Suitcase


Film Info

Country Canada
Language English
Year of Release 2011
Running Time 90 minutes


Director Larry Weinstein
Writer Thomas Wallner
Producer Rudolf Biermann
Producer Jessica Daniel
Producer Larry Weinstein
Associate Producer Austin Wong
Original Music Alexina Louie
Original Music Alex Pauk
Cinematography Horst Zeidler
Film Editing David New


George Brady
Lara Brady
Fumiko Ishioka



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 Levineʼs best-selling book Hanaʼs Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Bradyʼs name painted on it. Larry Weinsteinʼs masterful film follows Fumikoʼs search to discover the details of Hanaʼs life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. A superb musical score by Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk, coupled with dramatic reenactments 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 Hanaʼs story are woven around the drama, along with Georgeʼs memories and Fumikoʼs quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

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"Inside Hana's Suitcase" - Now Available on DVD

We pleased to announce the U.S. DVD release of the acclaimed film Inside Hana's Suitcase, directed by Larry Weinstein and based on the best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine, which has been translated into 40 languages. The film previously opened in Boston, where it played for an incredible 28 consecutive weeks!

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A Personal Letter from George Brady of "Inside Hana's Suitcase"

We invite you to read a personal letter to Boston audiences from George Brady, Hana Brady's brother and protagonist of the acclaimed documentary Inside Hana's Suitcase. The film is now playing at the West Newton Cinema in West Newton, MA.

It has been 67 years since I last saw my beloved sister Hana alive. I think about Hana every day and the life she may have lived had she survived the war.

Hana’s life was cut short at too early of an age but knowing that my sister still managed miraculously to teach millions of children about acceptance and compassion for others is an unbelievable gift that I cherish dearly.

I survived the Holocaust for many reasons. One of the biggest is due to my friend Eda Krasa, a long-time Boston resident, who saved my life repeatedly on the Death March.

Some three weeks ago, I had the remarkable experience to be present at the West Newton Cinema all weekend long to share the story of my sister’s fate with such an empathetic and engaged audience.

We encourage all of our friends in Boston to continue to come to the West Newton Cinema to see our film “Inside Hana’s Suitcase”.  My many thanks in advance to all of you.

George Brady
November 30th, 2011

"Inside Hana's Suitcase" - Now Playing in Boston, MA

US Theatrical Premiere!

From acclaimed filmmaker Larry Weinstein, Inside Hana's Suitcase is based upon the award winning, best selling, much beloved and widely read children's book Hana's Suitcase, by Karen Levine. The film makes its US premiere Friday, November 11th at the West Newton Cinema, in West Newton, MA.

Boston critics are already raving about this stunning documentary. Loren King of The Boston Globe says Inside Hana's Suitcase is "Remarkable... what makes (the film) so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters." The Boston Phoenix gives the film 3.5 stars (out of 4), calling it "Stirring... eloquently realized", and The Jewish Advocate says it's "Poignant... A Triumph. Can restore your faith in humanity." The Advocate also ran a feature article on the story behind the film, including its special Boston connection!

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"Like Anne Frank's diary, Hana Brady's suitcase -- the centerpiece of Larry Weinstein's "Inside Hana's Suitcase" -- manages to illuminate the entire catastrophe of the Final Solution by focusing on a single case: that of one Czech girl murdered at Auschwitz. Often inspired... the emotions provoked by "Inside Hana's Suitcase" are remarkable, as is the way that one story can manage to memorialize millions."

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"In those times of darkness and death, objects too had memories to share and stories to tell. This moving Odyssey of a young Jewish girl's suitcase from Auschwitz to Tokyo is one of them. Follow Larry Weinstein's moving and absorbing film evocation and, like amazed Japanese children, you will learn essential lessons about pain and compassion. And above all, about the power of memory."

- Elie Wiesel
Author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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The Jewish Journal Boston-North

"The miraculous and surprisingly upbeat story is beautifully documented in Larry Weinstein’s emotional film, “Inside Hana’s Suitcase.” Like the 2004 documentary “Paper Clips,” “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” is specifically formatted to bring history alive to a new generation."

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Audience Award - Best Documentary
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival 2010

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Rockland County Jewish Film Festival 2010

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