Movie: ACROSS THE WATERS



CLOSING NIGHT
Sunday, March 18 | 7:00 PM | Mandell JCC
Tickets: $25 (Includes dessert reception)

Tribute: Observations on Survival and Spirit
LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
Sponsored by the Kirstein Family Fund for Holocaust Education

Director: Nicolo Donato
Drama | Denmark | 95minutes | 2017 | Danish with English subtitles




Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark in Across the Waters, a gripping story of survival and rescue. Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid however, forces the couple to flee their home with five-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. Based on true events, Across the Waters is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

Post film discussion with Professor Avinoam Patt, Ph.D., University of Hartford

Sponsored by
Community Partner: Trinity College Hillel
Jewish Community Relations Committee,
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

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