Nicky's Family


Film Info

Country Czech Republic, Slovak Republic
Language English
Year of Release 2013
Running Time 96 minutes


Director, Screenplay, Producer Matej Mináč
Producer, Screenplay, Editor Patrik Pašš


Featuring Sir Nicholas Winton
His Holiness Dalai Lama
Elie Wiesel


Nicky's Family

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Nicky's Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Winton, now 106 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn ́t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.

Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. He was knighted by the Queen Elisabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.

Winton's story is a very emotional one, and thousands of children in many countries have decided to follow in his footsteps and do something important. They think up various charity projects and even help in the saving of lives of undernourished and sick children in Cambodia and Africa.

120,000 children in the Czech Republic signed a petition to award Nicholas Winton the Nobel Prize for Peace. Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves.

It is incredible that all these people live due to the heroic deeds of one man – Sir Nicholas Winton.  Producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass set out to ensure these fascinating, little-known stories and precious facts about the rescue mission are not lost to time. They wanted also to show the unique phenomenon that has emerged from Winton's story, how his courageous acts many years ago continue to influence people from all over the world and motivate them to do good.

Their film demonstrates that members of Nicky's Family are not only the thousands of people who owe their lives to Sir Nicholas Winton, but also all those who want to do something positive for our world.

Nicky's Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 30 awards - including 14 audience awards from U.S. film festivals!

Latest News

"Nicky's Family" - Now on DVD

Discover the inspirational true story of "Britain's Schindler" Sir Nicholas Winton in the award-winning film Nicky's Family, now available to own on DVD!

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New York Times Honors Sir Nicholas Winton!

The New York Times pays tribute to "reluctant hero" Sir Nicholas Winton!

“Winton’s story is an almost unbelievable one, made even more improbable by his decades-long altruistic attempt to avoid any sort of public recognition.” However, “it seems he can’t escape the spotlight any longer.” Read in The New York Times.

Discover Sir Nicholas' inspiring story in Nicky's Family, now on DVD!

Sir Nicholas Winton's Letter to FDR Discovered!

Following 60 Minutes' recent feature on Sir Nicholas Winton, an archivist from the U.S. National Archives discovered Winton's original letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, requesting U.S. assistance in rescuing Czech children.

Click here to watch 60 Minutes' follow-up segment on this discovery.

Click here to read the original letter from the U.S. National Archives!

Despite resistance, Winton persevered to save the lives of 669 children before the start of World War II. Discover his inspiring story in Nicky's Family, now available on DVD in the Menemsha Films Store!


Winton Biography - Exclusive Excerpt

We are proud to present this exclusive excerpt from "If Its Not Impossible: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton," a new biography written by Barbara Winton, Sir Nicholas' daughter!

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The New York Times

"Enthralling, evocative. A true story of heroism."

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"The children whom Winton helped save have grown up to be academics, members of parliament, scientists, artists, and more. Many have begun their own families and tried to instill in their children a sense of the moral obligation that comes with the recognition of the sacredness and fragility of life. As the film documents their contributions to society, I was struck by the ways in which time can magnify our deeds, showing us the larger consequences of what we thought were small achievements and the breathtaking scope of the ripples emanating from our best efforts."

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Watch the Trailer
A Message from Sir Nicholas Winton
A Message from Director Matej Minac
CNN: Winton's 104th Birthday
Q&A with 'Winton Child' Eva Paddock
Nobel Peace Prize Campaign Video
Winton 'Children' Surprise on BBC
Testimonials for Sir Nicholas



North American Awards

Winner - Best Documentary Award
Victoria Film Festival 2014

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County 2013

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Dayton Jewish International Film Festival 2013

Audience Award - Best Film
Three Rivers Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Scottsdale International Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Rockland County Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Hartford Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award – Best Film
Houston Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Film
Charlotte Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Sedona International Film Festival 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Montreal World Film Festival 2011

International Awards

Audience Award - Best Film
10th European Film Awards 2013, Argentina

Winner - Grand Prix Award for Best Film
XVII International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro

FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award
British Film Institute 2012, United Kingdom

Winner - SIGNIS Special Prize
Prix Italia 2012, Italy

Winner – Best Director Award
MECEFF Festival 2012, Romania

Onion Seed Award - Best Film for Children and Youth
MakeDox Creative Documentary Festival 2012, Macedonia

Winner - Grand Prix
Nine Gates Film Festival 2012, Czech Republic

Winner – Grand Prix
Zlin Youth Film Festival 2012, Czech Republic

Audience Award - Best Documentary
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2012, Croatia

Winner – Best Screenplay Award
Slovak Literary Union, 2012

Winner - Best Documentary Film
Slovak Film Critic's Award, 2012

Audience Award - Best Documentary
UK Jewish Film Festival 2011

David Camera Award for Best Music
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2011

Winner - Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award
Jerusalem Film Festival 2011

Audience Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011

Winner - Prize of the Mayor of Piestany
IFF Cinematik, Slovak Republic

Winner - Prize of Oty Hofman for Best Film
Winner - Special Jury Prize for film with the Most Impressive Moral Accent
Children’s Film Festival of Ota Hofman – Czech Republic

Additional info

267,064 signatures worldwide and counting! (as of May 30th)
Learn more about this campaign led by students from the Czech Republic here.

"Sir Nicholas Winton saved just before the outbreak of the Second World War lifes of 669 children (mostly Jewish) from Czechoslovakia by organizing trains to Britain, which took them away from the danger of Nazi Germany. He developed an adoption system, in which British families were given a chance to adopt a Czechoslovakian child and give him or her the opportunity to spend life in safety.

We, students of the age of the saved children think that such a heroic deed deserves to be appreciated by one of the highest awards possible - The Nobel Peace Prize."

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