Inside Hana's Suitcase

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: November 6, 2009 (limited)
DVD: March 15, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
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Cast: George Brady, Lara Brady, Fumiko Ishioka


The poignant story of two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia and the terrible events that they endured just because they happened to be born Jewish. Based on the internationally acclaimed book "Hana's Suitcase" which has been translated into 40 languages, the film is an effective blend of documentary and dramatic techniques.

In addition to tracing the lives of George and Hana Brady in the 1930s and '40s, the movie tells the present-day story of "The Small Wings," a group of Japanese children, and how their passionate and tenacious teacher, Fumiko Ishioka, helped them solve the mystery of Hana Brady, whose name was painted on an old battered suitcase that they received from Auschwitz, the notorious German Nazi death camp located in Poland.

The film's plot unfolds as told through contemporary young storytellers who act as the omniscient narrators. They seamlessly transport us through 70 years of history and back and forth across three continents, and relate to us a story of unspeakable sadness and also of shining hope. For this is a Holocaust story unlike others. It provides a contemporary global perspective and lessons to be learned for a better future.

Director: Larry Weinstein
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Jessica Daniel
Screenplay: Thomas Wallner

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  • 5 stars "awsome movie but sad"
  • 5 stars "If you liked the book, You'll LOVE the movie!!!! Amazing!!!! 5 stars"
Inside Hana