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See you later today in the screenings of HKHTC-supported films at HKJFF

The Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre is pleased to supportA a number of Holocaust-themed films as part of theA 24thA Hong Kong Jewish Film FestivalA taking placeA 11-19A November 2023.

These public screenings will take placeA in personA at theA Golden Scene CinemaA at 2 Catchick St, Kennedy Town. Please see the list below for film descriptions.

We hope you will be able to join us this year.A Please visit the film festival websiteA hereA and get your tickets through thisA link!



The Return of the Violin (Sunday, 12A November, 12:00pm)

A young Jewish boy [Bronislaw Huberman] from Czestochowa, Poland, plays the violin with such virtuosity that a nobleman gifts him a 1731 Stradivarius, which he later plays in front of composer Johannes Brahms. While playing at Carnegie Hall in 1936 Hubermanas violin is stolen. Forced to flee Europe at the onset of World War II, he emigrates to Israel where he establishes the Israeli National Orchestra (the present day Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) and rescues hundreds of Jewish musicians from Nazi Europe. In this documentary, American violinist Joshua Bell reveals the compelling story of the violin, which was only recovered in 1985.


The Conspiracy-
The ConspiracyA (Sunday, 12A November, 1:50pm)

This startling animated documentary addresses an insidious, centuries-old conspiracy theory that continues to rear its ugly head today: the idea that Jews have a secret international plot to control the world. Filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin and a host of talented voice actors including Mayim Bialik, Liev Schreiber, Jason Alexander, and Ben Shenkman connect the dots of hate and fear, walking us through almost 250 years of antisemitic ideology, and focusing on how times of uncertainty give rise to hatred and increase anxieties in marginalized populations.

Link to trailerA here.

The Man in the Basement (Sunday, 12 November, 5:20pm)-A Alla Vita,The Man in the BasementA (Sunday, 12A November, 5:20pm)

After a Jewish couple in Paris sells their basement storage unit to a former history teacher (aThe Intouchables’a FranAois Cluzet), they discover his secret life as an antisemitic conspiracy theorist. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, the buyer befriends their naive teenage daughter.

Link to trailerA here.

Shadow of the day-

Shadow of the DayA (Tuesday, 14A November, 8:50pm)

In 1938 Italy, after the promulgation of the racial laws, fascist-abiding restaurateur Luciano believes he can still live by his own rules inside his business. Everything changes when he hires Anna, a girl with a dangerous secret. A resonance with Europeas flirtation with modern-day facism can be felt in every scene in this mesmerizing period thriller.

Link to trailerA here.

June Zero

June Zero (Wednesday, 15A November, 9:00pm)

This empathetic and humanistic film looks at the infamous trial of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the mass extermination of Jews during the Second World War. Depicting the events preceding Eichmannas 1962 execution, Director Jake Paltrow has a unique take on the impact of the event on the Israeli society of the time. Following the perspective of the three main characters, a 13-year-old child, Eichmannas prison guard and an investigator for the prosecution, we see a light, but gripping, way to delineate the story of this national defining event.

Link to trailerA here.

Girl No. 60427

Girl No. 60427A (Sunday, 19A November, 1:00pm)

Tel Aviv, 1998, summer vacation. Reut finds and reads her grandmotheras secret diary from the Holocaust. Grandmaas story resonates in Reutas well-developed imagination, and the fun week in Tel Aviv with Grandpa and Grandma turns into something else entirely. This mixed-genre, live action/animation film is based on the childhood memories of the director, who discovered her grandmotheras Holocaust diary when she was thirteen.

Link to trailerA here.

Music Under the Swastika
Music Under the SwastikaA (Sunday, 19A November, 1:00pm)

Why was classical music so important to Hitler and Goebbels? The stories of Jewish cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, member of the infamous Womenas Orchestra of Auschwitz, and of star conductor Wilhelm FurtwA$ngler, who worked with the Nazis, provide insight. Both shared a love for classical German music. Why did gifted artists like FurtwA$ngler make a pact with evil? Why was classical music played in extermination camps? And how did this change the way victims saw music?

Link to trailerA here.


VishniacA (Sunday, 19A November, 3:35pm)

Photographer Roman Vishniac is best known for traversing Eastern Europe from 1935 through 1938, on assignment for the American Joint Distribution Committee, documenting Jewish life in Eastern Europe. While the purpose of the photographs was to raise funds for impoverished Jewish communities, few could have predicted that less than a decade later these communities would be wiped out. Vishniacas photographs provide the last visual records of an entire world. After the war he continued to add to the historical record with photographs of Berlin in ruins and children in displaced persons camps before shifting his focus to groundbreaking scientific work. The film goes behind the images and beyond the myths to portray a man who took those closest to him to the brink of rejection, yet gave the world a diverse and beautiful collection.

Link to trailerA here.

FilipA (Sunday, 19A November, 7:10pm)

In 1943, Filip, a Polish Jew, who managed to escape from the Warsaw ghetto, is waiting tables in the heart of Nazi Germany a while taking revenge on the Nazis in his own unique way. Alone, cosmopolitan, and incapable of deeper feelings, Filip hides his Jewish origins and often eludes death, while carelessly enjoying all the charms of a life surrounded by luxury, beautiful women and friends from all over Europe. This very sexy film is wonderfully addictive.

(Warning: Adult content)

Link to trailerA here.

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