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Film: Inside Hana's Suitcase - November 16, 12 pm - Library of Congress

  • Library of Congress Pickford Theatre 101 Independence Avenue Southeast Washington, DC, 20543 United States (map)

The Library of Congress in, cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, will screen Larry Weinstein's Inside Hana's Suitcase, on November 16, at 12 pm, in the Pickford Theatre.

The documentary Inside Hana's Suitcase, is a 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.



Library of Congress Pickford Theatre

101 Independence Ave SE,

Washington, DC 20540


Admission is free. No RSVP required. 





Inside Hana's Suitcase | V Hanině kufru


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, Inside Hana's Suitcase 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 Nazi death camp built 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, relating to us a story of unspeakable sadness and also of shining hope. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Larry Weinstein Inside Hana's Suitcase is a powerful journey full of mystery and memories, brought to life through the first-hand perspectives of Fumiko, Hana's brother George, and Hana herself.





The Mutual Inspirations Festival runs from September 3-November 21, 2015, with an array of events, including theatrical performances and readings, concerts, panel discussions, lectures, screenings, exhibitions, and a special children's workshop at select venues throughout the Washington, DC community. Highlights of this year’s festival include a jazz-age evening of music and dance, theatrical readings with music of the new work R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical, the world premiere of War with the Newts adapted by Natsu Onoda Power, a robotics demonstration and lecture with Czech robotics expert Vladimír Mařík, a panel discussion on R.U.R. and the Rationalized World, and a Lego Robotics Workshop for children facilitated by the Great Adventure Lab. Additional noted speakers include Templeton Prize-winner Tomáš Halík, art historian Otto Urban, and theatre/ interactive media arts scholar Jana Horáková. 

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