The Light of Hope La llum d'Elna
|Running Time||96 MIN|
|Cast||Noemie Schmidt,Nausicaa Bonnín Bonnín|
|Themes||Women - Front and Center,
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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.
|Guests||Laurie Drake, PhD candidate in the Department of History and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto|