This year, we again join in partnership with the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) to provide audiences with meaningful connections to selected cinematic Holocaust representations.
From stories of unlikely friendships, strange true life events to the heroes of history, JIFF (23 Feb – 3 April) makes its sparkling return to Australian cinemas, showcasing the very best of Jewish cinematic gems from around the globe.
We are excited to collaborate with JIFF in fostering a supportive viewing environment by linking our Melbourne-based survivors stories and factual information related to the festival’s Holocaust films.
Join our Head of Education Dr Simon Holloway as he opens The Conference on 3 March at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Victoria. You can also find us on screen introducing Truus’ Children and I am Here. After watching your film, visit our resources listed with the film below to learn more about Holocaust topics explored in the films, discover survivor testimonies, and learn more about Melbourne’s connection to the Holocaust.
We invite you to join us at JIFF for the following films:
The Conference (108 minutes)
On the morning of 20 January 1942, in a villa on the lakefront of the Wannsee in Berlin, leading members of the Nazi regime came together. They had been invited by Reinhard Heydrich to a meeting followed by breakfast: the sole topic on the agenda that morning was what the Nazis called the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, the organisation of the systematic mass murder of millions of Jews across Europe.
Shot on location at Wannsee Lake in Berlin and produced for the 80 year commemoration of the Conference, this historically accurate and haunting drama brings to life the minutiae of the fateful gathering.
Read Head of Education Dr Simon Holloway’s article providing more context on The Conference.
Truus Children (93 minutes)
Before and during WWII, the little-known Dutch war hero Truus Wijsmuller saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children. She was a woman so convinced of her mission that she flew to Vienna to negotiate a deal with Adolf Eichmann to let 10,000 mostly Jewish children leave their birth countries and flee to England and the Netherlands.
Featuring interviews with the surviving children, alongside an original recording of Truus Wijsmuller, Truus’ Children is a moving documentary that pays tribute to the bravery of a single extraordinary woman.
Who were Truus’ children? Read our article exploring the Kindertransport.
I am Here (2021)
A spirited South African Holocaust survivor reveals her astonishing life journey. Born in 1921 Warsaw, Ella Blumenthal grew up with a large family and a love for swimming. WWII changed everything: from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to Bergen-Belsen, Ella and her niece, Roma, bore witness to the unthinkable, persevering only with hope and faith.
Today Ella lives in Cape Town, greeting each day with optimism and even compassion for those who would deny her past. Ella’s memories, shared for the first time, are illustrated through evocative hand-drawn animation. Against rising xenophobia worldwide, this beautifully rendered Holocaust memoir shares a vital message of resilience.
Explore our eyewitness accounts from Melbourne-based Holocaust survivors.
The Meaning of Hitler (2020)
The Meaning of Hitler is a timely and provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism. Filmed in nine countries over three years, the film traces Hitler’s movements, his rise to power and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers, including Deborah Lipstadt, Martin Amis, Yehuda Bauer, and famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology.
As fears of fascism now abound, the film explores the myths and misconceptions of our understanding of the past, and the difficult process of coming to terms with it at a time in our history when it seems more urgent than ever.
2022 Jewish International Film Festival
Explore the full program here
Screening Dates Melbourne
- 2 March – 3 April Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
- 3 March – 3 April Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
Other screening locations and dates
- SYDNEY 3 March – 4 April Ritz Cinema, Randwick 3 March – 23 March Roseville Cinemas, Roseville
- BRISBANE 10 March – 20 March New Farm Cinemas, New Farm
- GOLD COAST 26 March – 3 April Dendy Cinemas, Southport (Queen Street Village)
- CANBERRA 10 March – 20 March Dendy Cinemas, Canberra
- PERTH 23 February – 16 March Luna Palace, Leederville
Stay up to date with JIFF
- Website: www.jiff.com.au
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/JewishIFF
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/jewishiff
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/jiff_oz/