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INSIDE HANA’S SUITCASE

(2009)
88 mins | Biography | Discrimination | History | Literature |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandG
Nova ScotiaPG
P.E.I.PG
New BrunswickPG
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaG
SaskatchewanG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonG

Director: Larry Weinstein

Writer(s): Thomas Wallner

Star(s): n/a

Synopsis:

Based on the internationally acclaimed book Hana’s Suitcase, this poignant documentary tells the tale of George and Hana Brady, two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia, and the terrible hardships they endured because they were Jewish.

When Fumiko Ishioka, a teacher in Japan, requests artifacts from a Holocaust museum to illustrate the history of WWII to her students, one item she receives is a suitcase labelled “Hana Brady.” As she and her students unravel Hana’s story, the film seamlessly transports audiences through 70 years of history, back and forth across three continents.

“Larry Weinstein’s deft, unique balance of documentary and narrative techniques helps…convey the combination of deep personal trauma and epic atrocity at the heart of Inside Hana’s Suitcase…a lovely, accessible and moving work.”
— Kieran Grant, EYE Weekly

The only educational film that I actually enjoyed watching.
— Grade 10 student, Francis Libermann CHS, Toronto


    About the Director

    Larry Weinstein

    Weinstein is the co-founder of Rhombus Media and the director of Inside Hana’s Suitcase. His producing credits include Last Night (p.29), Thirty- Two Short Films about Glenn Gould, Blindness and The Saddest Music in the World. Our Man in Tehran is Taylor’s first film after careers in baseball and bioengineering.

    INSIDE HANA’S SUITCASE

    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • Civics - 10
    • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Media - 11, 12

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