WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The Light of Hope
Dir. Silvia Quer | 96 min
FrenchSpanishCatalan with English Subtitles
Sunday, May 126:15 PM E Street Cinema
Saturday, May 253:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre Pre-sale only*
*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.
The Light of Hope is the inspiring story of real-life heroine Elisabeth Eidenbenz, who was the director of the Elne maternity camp in the south of France on the Spanish border. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Elne provided refuge for pregnant women fleeing both the Spanish Civil War and Vichy refugee camps.
When Pétain’s fascist regime tries to close the home in 1942—and demands that she hand over all Jewish refugees and their children—Eidenbenz and her staff bravely resist, putting their own lives in great danger.
Co-presented by SPAIN arts & culture