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Jewish Film Festival of Central New Jersey - Nicky's Family
2 Bonus Films this Spring at the Rialto Theatre in Westfield
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 102 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. Producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass set out to ensure these fascinating, little-known stories and precious facts about the rescue mission would not be lost to time. This powerful part-dramatization, part-documentary film recreates the events of late 1939 when the young British stockbroker ran his secret operation from a Prague hotel room. They also highlight 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.
This film has won several awards for best documentary.