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AJFF: The Light of Hope

February 14-17

An inspiring story of resistance and sacrifice based on real events, THE LIGHT OF HOPE celebrates the courage of a Red Cross nurse in Spain who saved hundreds of Jewish wartime refugees. As persecuted populations seek shelter from Europe's early 1940s fascist regimes, young Swiss teacher Elisabeth Eidenbenz (Noémie Schmidt), arrives in the south of France near Spain to aid those suffering from disease and malnutrition. Appalled by the dire conditions facing pregnant women, and children, she converts an abandoned mansion into a maternity home and safe haven. Soon, Gestapo agents demand she turn in all Jewish refugees. Facing captivity or worse, Elisabeth and her female volunteers do all they can to rescue these vulnerable lives from certain death. Elisabeth Eidenbenz was awarded the status of Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem for founding the Mothers of Elne. This riveting, handsome drama is winner of the Gaudí Award for Best TV Film and Swiss TV Award for Best Actress Noémie Schmidt.

Screenings: February 14 at 2:50PM and February 17 at 11:00PM

Series: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Venue: Byers Theatre

Cost: $13-$15