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Fonds/collection: RHOMBUS MEDIA INC.
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Consultation: open


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Accession number: 2009-0072
Item number (ISN): 419977
Media: Video
Title: Inside Hana’s Suitcase
Original title: Inside Hana’s Suitcase
Part: 1 of 1
Production date: 2007-04/2007-07

Production company:

Rhombus Media Inc.
In Film Praha spol s.r.o

Country of production:

Production credit: director/producer, Larry Weinstein; producer, Jessica Daniel; Rudolf Biermann; executive producer, Niv Fichman; scenario, Thomas Wallner; photography, Horst Zeidler; editing, David New; music, Alex Pauk; Alexina Louie
Cast credit: Jindriska Hanusova, Linda Drexlerova, Daniel Hajek, Karim Tarakji, Nikol Fischerova, Radek Koula, Peter Poldauf, Alice Laksarova, Karolina Brosova, Alena Dlouha, Jana Hanackova, Oxana Anton, Pavel Ira, Nikol Fischerova, George Grosman
Description: DOCUMENTARY
English/Japanese/Czech/German/Polish with English subtitles

In March 2000, Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Centre’s director Fumiko Ishioka received a child’s suitcase from the Auschwitz museum to be displayed in the centre. The suitcase bore a name, Hana Brady, and her date of birth. Since the main clients of the Education Resource Centre were children interested by the story of an actual Jewish child, Ishioka started a search that led her to the concentration camps of Terezin in the Czech Republic and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, and to finally trace Hana’s brother, George Brady, who survived both camps and settled in Toronto. He was happy to come to Japan and tell his sister’s story to children. The whole process led to the writing of the book “Hana’s Suitcase” by Karen Levine. Intertwined with Ishioka’s research are interviews with George Brady and other friends and relatives of Hana Brady and shows George and his daughter’s journey to the Czech Republic, Poland and Japan. Re-enacted scenes depict their childhood and their life in the camps. <92mn 52s>
Copyright status: Under copyright.

Copyright owner:

Copyright owner: Rhombus Media Inc., 2008.
Copyright owner: In Film Praha spol s.r.o, 2008.


1. Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada (Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program) and the Canadian Cable Industry (CTF: License Fee Program); Ontario Media Development Corporation; Telefilm Canada; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); Rogers Documentary Telefund; Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund; The Government of Canada: The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit; and Government of Ontario, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
2. Produced in association with Xenophile Media Inc. And NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
3. Presented through the Theatrical Documentary Program.
4. Participating in this documentary were George Brady, Fumiko Ishioka, Lara Hana Brady, Libuse Minarikova, Machiyo Kurokawa, Vera Bednarikova, Anna Hanusova-Flachova, Ludmila Chladkova, Kurt Kotouc, Marianne Mayer, Theresa Swiebocka, and children from Toronto, Nove Mesto, and Tokyo.
5. Based on the book “Hana’s Suitcase” by Karen Levine.

Consultation copy:

V1 2009-09-0117

Physical description
Source: DSINTRNL - 419977