Sunday, 5 November, 2:30pm:
Director: Malik Chibane | France | 2016 | Drama | French | English subtitles | 100 mins
Kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre (HKHTC)
Kindly supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
In this tender coming-of-age drama a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France.
In July 1942, a broken leg is a blessing in disguise for Maurice Gutman, who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by French police. While recovering, Maurice is diagnosed with tuberculosis, and is committed to a children’s hospital ward for long-term treatment where he forms a close bond with the other boys. As the war intensifies, the sympathetic chief physician and his staff resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe.
Based on a true story, The Children of Chance is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.
To be shown in schools throughout Hong Kong.
Highly Recommended for 10-16 year olds
Award of the European Children’s Film Association ECFA
Award at the Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Chemnitz (Germany): “Children of Chance” (2016)
Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2017
Winner: Audience Choice Award: Best Foreign Feature