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Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers

.. a stunning tribute to anti-Nazi heroines..AT CINEQUEST March 1-13 ,,,TV Premiere PBS May 1, 2011
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Genre
Biography, History, Human Rights, Foreign Worlds, and Suspense
Synopsis

At 95, Irena Sendler tells the remarkable story of a group of young Polish women who risked their lives to save thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Sendler was a 33-year-old social worker in Warsaw in 1943 when she was captured and tortured by the Gestapo. By then she and her liaisons had hidden over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. When Sendler refused to divulge anything about their underground operation, she was sentenced to death. She escaped on the day she was to be executed, thanks to help from the Polish Resistance. Most of the hidden children survived the war and many were later reunited with their Jewish families. But for decades in Communist Poland, neither the children nor their wartime caretakers could tell their stories. This film features the last interviews Irena Sendler gave before she died in 2008 at the age of 98, along with her co-workers and the children they saved.

Stage
finished
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
2B Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2004-2010
Locations
US, Israel, Poland
Prod. Partners
TV Poland, Slawomir Grunberg, Multicolor Film Agency, Poland

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
UK Jewish Film Festival 2010; CINEQUEST March 1-13, 2011
Awards
2012 GRACIE AWARD Outstanding Doc; 2012 ACCOLADE "Best in Show"; UK Jewish Film Festival 2010 Best Doc Audience Award
Distribution
KQED Presents National PBS Broadcast Premiere May 1, 2011 10:00 PM (check your local station); DVD at ShopPBS
Broadcast (Prod.)
TV Poland
Broadcast (Acq.)
PBS National
Language
English and Polish with English Subtitles
Subtitles
English, Polish, German

Photos

Filming in warsaw 2004_thumb
10 sendler in 2005_thumb
2 irena sendler 1943_thumb

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