Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland


Documentary film screening:  My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering the Kindertransports

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My Knees Were Jumping; Remembering the Kindertransports is the groundbreaking first documentary film to tell the heart-wrenching story of the Kindertransports.

The Kindertransports was a rescue movement that, in the nine months just prior to the outbreak of World War II, saved the lives of nearly 10,000 children, who were sent, without their parents, to Great Britain from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Some of the Kindertransport children lived at Millisle Farm, County Down, and several lived in Belfast. Most of these children never saw their parents again. Those courageous parents who had the strength to send their children off to an unknown fate soon boarded transports taking them to concentration camps. Filmmaker Melissa Hacker's mother escaped Vienna on a Kindertransport.

Narrated by Joanne Woodward, the film weaves first-hand accounts with extraordinary archival footage to reveal far-reaching psychological and historical reverberations.

'lntimate...heartfelt. The speakers remember how their parents made the decision as wrenching as Sophie's choice, to part with their children, possibly forever, on the eve of war.'

The New York Times

'A simple and eloquent documentary. While many may feel that they know all they need to about the Holocaust from movies like Schindler's List and Shoah, this quiet film makes the horror vivid all over again. And it does so not by the use of gory images, but by showing the faces behind the statistics.'

The New York Post

This event is free but booking is recommended. Book a place by emailing with your name and number of seats required or telephone 02890 312900 to book.

For more information on the filmmaker Melissa Hacker, visit her page on the DAS website here.

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