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In the spirit of Louis Malle s Au Revoir les Enfants and Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List, the Emmy® Award-winning film THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES has been praised as splendid, informative and emotionally involving (Los Angeles Times) and called a seamless memoir of courage and a tribute to the human spirit. (New York Daily News).
A magical World War II tale of courage, resilience and love, THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES reveals the untold story of how the people in a tiny village in unoccupied France chose action over indifference to save the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children. Returning to the forgotten corner of France with her father and uncle (two of the saved children), filmmaker Lisa Gossels and co-director Dean Wetherell movingly recreate the joys and fears of daily life in Chabannes during the war. Through warm and wonderful accounts from the educators, townspeople and from the children themselves, we see how this oasis of hope is shattered in August of 1942, when the war reached the doorsteps of the chateau where these children lived.
A celebration of human kindness, THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES delivers a profound message of tolerance. The film documents the remarkable efforts made by the citizens of Chabannes, who risked their lives and livelihoods to protect these children, simply because they felt it was the right thing to do.
Thanks to Lisa and Dean for creating this masterpiece!!
The music was perfect...and the camera shots, dialogue, and updates on the "children" added a valuable, insightful component to this award-winning testimonial!
It tells of how a village, Chabonnes, in unoccupied France, during WWII, supported a chateau school of Jewish refuge children.
Vivement qu'on en fasse une version française!
I can't wait the French version!!!
From 1939 and during the fall, partition, and the unoccupied zone of France in the 1940s during World War II, there is a obscured incident
which should be given renewed public... Read more
I love history of people and places... true stories of heros... saving children... and the follow-up of the lives of both children and teachers, etc.Published 10 months ago by Seeker of Truth
Although he didn't appear in the film, my late father was one of the 500 Jewish children who were rescued by the incredibly brave and good people depicted in the film. Read morePublished 19 months ago by nobbysbev
Extraordinary documentary about the people of the Creuse region of France who, during World War ii courageously opened their homes and schools to hundreds of Jewish immigrant... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Scadhog
I purchased this video after seeing it recommended by the random acts of kindness website. I planned to show it to 8th grade students. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by JenL
It is so hard to imagine what those
people went through. Hats off to
all of those who gave a helping hand
and their hearts.
Just watched Children of Chabannes. So very lovely, touching, warm, personal, educated me on so many fronts, and downright: Beautiful. Really wonderful. Most of all: Lovely.Published on December 1, 2007 by M. Kelleher