The Mover

Dir. Davis Simanis | 87 min
Narrative Latvia 2018
GermanYiddishLatvian with English Subtitles US Premiere

Thursday, May 96:15 PM E Street Cinema

Sunday, May 193:15 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

Few could have predicted that Žanis and Johanna Lipke would become Latvia’s Schindlers. After the Nazi invasion of 1942, Žanis supported his family by working in Riga’s Luftwaffe factory, and supplemented his income by smuggling. The factory soon overflowed with Jews from the Ghetto, forced into labor, often as a precursor to an even grimmer fate.

Despite enormous personal risk, Žanis and Johanna decided they couldn’t stand idly by. Using his black-market connections, they devised daring ways to sneak over 40 Jews into hiding. A beautifully rendered testament to the heroism of blue-collar family turned righteous saviors.

Festivals and Awards

  • Opening Film
    2019, Riga International Film Festival
  • 2019, Moscow International Film Festival

Genres and Topics

Print Source

Mistrus Media
Gints Grube

Pricing Tier

Tier A

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This event finished on May 20, 2019.

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