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  • THE LAST TRAIN FROM PRAGUE

    THE LAST TRAIN FROM PRAGUE

    Nicholas Winton enjoyed easy life of a young successful man working at the Stock Exchange in London in 1938. Everything changed when he saw appalling conditions of refugees fleeing from Nazis in camps near Prague, Czechoslovakia. He decided to save their children. Everybody told him that it was impossible.  But Winton believed there was nothing that couldn´t be done, if it was fundamentally reasonable. He wrote  letters to heads of democratic countries to accept thousands of endangered Jewish children. Only British Home Office answered positively. Nicky was supported by dozens of volunteers, who helped him to get children into British foster families, organize train transports from Prague and to collaborate with Gestapo. Without its approval no child could leave. His right hand was beautiful refugee Helen Epstein. Although she had documents to leave to Britain, she stayed because she wanted to help Winton to whom she fell in love. Sturmbannführer Hans from Gestapo was persuaded about inferiority of Jewish race, hated Winton. He wanted to terminate his operation. When he learnt that Winton illegally helped social democrats, finally he was entitled to arrest Winton. At that time Winton prepared his biggest train with 251 children. Winton was informed and together with Helen he fled to airport to fly to Amsterdam. But there was just one place in plane. Without knowledge of Winton, Helena sacrificed herself giving Winton her place. Winton was rescued, but Helen together with children from the last train didn’t leave and died during war. Winton reproached himself, considered his operation as failure. Only after 50 years Winton’s granddaughter discovers documents about operation. She forced Winton to tell her the story  of 669 children which Winton took in 8 trains to Britain for the first time. Today 6000 people live in families of rescued children and Winton is called the British Schindler.

    October 11, 2017

    Czech Republic

    Matej Mináč

    Film director, producer, writer

    Graduated in film directing at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava Received more than 70 awards, films were theatrically distributed in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Czech Rep, Slovak Rep, were sold to more than 60 countries including HBO, BBC, ARD, ZDF, FRANCE 2, RAI, CANAL plus, ABC, CBC, RTBF, NHK

    Selected projects:
    THROUGH THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER (2015
    NICKY´S FAMILY (2011)
    NICHOLAS WINTON – THE POWER OF GOOD (2002) – documentary film with feature reenactments
    WINNER of 2002 INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD
    ALL MY LOVED ONES (1999) – full-length feature film Czech/Polish/Slovak/German cooproduction

     

    Czech Republic

    David Mináč

    David Mináč (Czech Republic)

    Graduated from the University of Southampton (Psychology, Film). He cowrote award winning Through the Eyes of the Photographer (AWARDS: Main prize of the Festival CAMERA OF DAVID, BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY at 13th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Golden Remi Award – Worldfest Houston,

    Nominated Tobias Spencer Award – Haifa Int’l Film Festival, nominated for Magnolia Award, 23rd Shanghai TV Festival), he cowrites full-length feature comedy screenplay NEVER GIVE UP, comedy fairytale with western setting “JUST A BIT OF LUCK”. He was the first assistant director Through the Eyes of the Photographer. He acted and was head of research and assistant director in NICKY’S FAMILY which was awarded 41 prestigious awards worldwide. Minac is also well-known as an art photographer having two major exhibitions in Prague in 2016 and 2017 (Czech Photo Center and was presented as a discovery of the year). He also devotes his time to composing film music and painting.

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