The screening is an extension of the Israeli Film Festival sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and commemorates Israel’s 60th year of independence. The Xavier showing is co-sponsored by the student government association and the Hillel Jewish Student Center at Xavier. A discussion will follow the screening.
The movie is the semi-autobiographical tale of Hanna Mandelberger, a 12-year-old girl who flees the ghetto in Warsaw. She eventually finds her way to a Catholic convent where she tells the Mother Superior she is Polish Catholic. Hanna stays with the sisters for a couple of years and comes to fully identify with her new role as a Catholic nun. As such, she serves as an emissary for the Polish underground, risking her life transmitting letters and weapons to different agents throughout Poland. She is also aided by a young Father Karel Wojtyla who later would become Pope John Paul II. The film is in Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles.
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