Since 2013, The Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC) has hosted an annual Holocaust Film Series grounded in the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The 2024 theme focuses on rescue and the ability one person has to make a profound difference in the lives of their friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers. Sidewalk is proud to host the 2024 Holocaust Film Series.

For tickets and more information visit: The Alabama Holocaust Education Center


January 23: Trailer: Vishniac
Vishniac takes us on a journey through the various chapters in the life of Jewish artist Roman Vishniac, one of the world’s greatest photographers. Best known for capturing images of pre-Holocaust Jewish life and culture in Central and Eastern Europe from 1935 through 1938 in an effort to raise funds for impoverished Jewish
communities, his astonishing portfolio inadvertently became the last visual record of an entire vanished time, place and people. Through his stunning images, Vishniac unveils a lost world that is quickly fading from our grasp.
Speaker: Director Laura Bialis

February 6th: The Zone of Interest
The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. Note: The February 6th 6:30pm screening will have an introduction and post-screening conversation led by Dr. Mike McConnell, Community Education Director of the Alabama Holocaust Education Center. Click here to see other showtimes for The Zone of Interest.

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February 13: Trailer: Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen. Pre-World War II Manila is the exotic backdrop for this fascinating, yet little-known chapter in World War II history. This documentary chronicles a real-file Casablanca, full of intrigue, unlikely heroes, and a perilous humanitarian mission to save Jews from persecution half a world away. A high-profile group of cigar-smoking poker buddies, including Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, devise an intricate international plan which successfully rescued up to 1,300Jews from the horrors that would otherwise await them in Nazi concentration camps. This gripping story is told through interviews with historians and relatives of the key players. First-person accounts from survivors detail their harrowing escape from Europe and immigration to the Philippines.

Early March: Trailer: One Life
Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, One Life tells the story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London stock broker, who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realized it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed? Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky (Sir Anthony Hopkins) lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life!’, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.
Confirmed Speakers via Zoom: Tamara Meyer and Steve Watson (son-in-law of Sir Nicholas Winton)

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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