Competition Documentary Features
No. 4 Street Of Our Lady
DIRECTED BY BARBARA BIRD, JUDY MALTZ, AND RICHIE SHERMAN
IN ENGLISH, HEBREW, POLISH, UKRANIAN and YIDDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Imagine this—your neighbors are being hunted down and executed. They come to your door begging for help. Would you risk your life to save theirs? Such was the choice facing Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic woman living in Sokal during darkest days of World War II. Halamajowa chose the righteous path and hid 16 Jewish acquaintances in her tiny home for two years, cooking and caring for them under the noses of hostile neighbors and German troops camping on her property. Two families lived in a hayloft above the pigsty; another family lived in a hole carved under the kitchen floor. So complete was their isolation that each group never knew about the other. The ever-crafty Halamajowa deflected suspicions by pretending to be a Nazi sympathizer. In this powerful and beautifully made film, survivors and their descendants connect with former neighbors as they revisit Sokal. The circle is completed as this remarkable yet little known story of compassion and bravery is finally told.
DIRECTED BY DANIELA SHERER
IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
USA, 2009, 8.5 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Are people naturally good or bad? An 83 year-old lady ponders the question as she recalls one night in Krakow during the Holocaust.