The CrossingJohanne Helgeland, 2020, Norway, 90mNorwegian with English subtitlesAdapted from a best-selling novel by Maja Lunde, this film tells the story of four Norwegian children on the run from the Nazis during a freezing December in 1942. 10-year-old Gerda is a bright, energetic girl who enjoys reading The Three Musketeers and bugging her older brother, Otto. But suddenly, before Christmas, her parents are arrested. It turns out that they are part of the resistance and have secretly been sheltering two Jewish kids in their basement. Now bound together and on their own, the young group decides to leave Norway and cross the snowy terrain into neutral Sweden. Director Johanne Helgeland has crafted an accessible, family-friendly film about friendship, trust, and courage.
Kindertransports to SwedenGülseren Şengezer, 2019, Sweden/Austria, 94mSwedish and German with English subtitlesMonths before the outbreak of World War II, Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Poland, and beyond were sent without their parents to families and care homes in the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden to escape the Nazi terror. Featuring magnificent scenery, this powerful, elegantly made documentary records the personal accounts of four Jewish people who were placed in Sweden as children, capturing the feelings of loss and guilt they endured and the resilience with which they faced their new lives. 59ce067264