Inside Hana's Suitcase

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The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Center begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book “Hana’s Suitcase”. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Brady’s name painted on it.

Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Theresienstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

  • Director   Larry Weinstein
  • Writer      Thomas Wallner
  • DOP          Horst Zeidner
  • Cast           George Brady, Lara Brady, Fumiko Ishioka, Small Wings
  • Production    Canada & Czech Republic, 2009

"Follow Larry Weinstein's moving and absorbing film evocation and,

like amazed Japanese children, you will learn essential lessons

about pain and compassion. And above all, about the power of memory."

Elie WieselAuthor, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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