Fall Films to Focus on Upstanders and Those Who Stand Up for Children
HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 25, 2013) – Holocaust Museum Houston will present three films this fall focusing on the theme of “Standing Up for Children,” with special panel discussions following all three films.
“All children, regardless of their backgrounds, deserve kindness in order to thrive. During the Holocaust, children were rescued by righteous individuals. Today, children who are victimized by bullies are supported and encouraged to speak out through programs in their schools and communities,” said Tamara Savage, the Museum’s managing director and director of public programs. “It is those choices that people make to be upstanders and not bystanders that we will be highlighting.”
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Museum will screen the award-winning documentary “Bully.” This year, more than 13 million American children will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. “Bully” shows how everyone has been affected by bullying, whether as victims, perpetrators or silent witnesses. The Museum’s education staff and docents will lead activities related to the film prior to and after the film’s screening.
Directed by Lee Hirsch and written by Cynthia Lowen, “Bully” has sparked a nationwide movement, “The Bully Project,” to stop bullying that is transforming children’s lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” initiative is one such response to this call to action about the dangers of social cruelty, which includes taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. More information about “All Behaviors Count” can be found at www.hmh.org/sc_All_Behaviors_Count.shtml.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Museum will present “Nicky’s Family.” In this 96-minute film from the Czech Republic, archival footage is blended with vivid reenactments to tell the remarkable story of heroic Englishman Sir Nicholas Winton, who coordinated the rescue of more than 650 Jewish Czech and Slovak children in the turbulent days before World War II. His efforts may have gone unnoticed had it not been for a curious discovery made by his wife in their attic 50 years later. Today, the story of this rescue is known all over the world. 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 wanted 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.
And on Thursday, Dec. 5, the series will close with “Into the Arms of Strangers.” This Academy Award-winning documentary chronicles one of the lesser-known stories of the Holocaust: that of the Kindertransport, a rescue operation which saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany by transporting them via train to England. They were placed in foster homes and hostels. This moving film bears witness to the kindness of people and to the resilience of the Kinder, now elderly, who recall in haunting stories the unimaginable grief of being suddenly torn from their parents, the trauma of not knowing whether they would ever see them again and the difficulties some faced in their new homes. The film is narrated by Dame Judi Dench.
Dec. 2 has been proclaimed World Kindertransport Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Kindertransports.
All three films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Admission is $5 for each film for HMH members, students and seniors and $8 for nonmembers. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online for each film separately. Seniors and students may pay the discounted rate at the door.
All three films are presented as part of the Bank of Texas Film and Lecture Series.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
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