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27TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 2-12, 2019

The Light of Hope La llum d'Elna

Drama

Screening Information

Toronto Premiere
May 8 - 8:30PM
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 9
May 10 - 6:15PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Country Spain
Year 2017
Running Time 96 MIN
Language Spanish
Subtitles English
Director Silvia Quer
Cast Noemie Schmidt,Nausicaa Bonnín Bonnín
Themes Holocaust,
Women - Front and Center,
WW2

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Description

Based on true events, The Light of Hope is the inspiring story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz, the director of the Elne maternity home located in the south of France on the Spanish border. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Elne provided refuge for pregnant women fleeing both the Spanish Civil War and Vichy refugee camps, allowing them to give birth in proper conditions and source jobs that would secure a safe future for them. When Pétain’s fascist regime tries to close the home in 1942, Eidenbenz and her staff bravely put their own lives in danger to avoid closure.

Presentation Details

Guests Laurie Drake, PhD candidate in the Department of History and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

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