5 - 7 PM: Hartford Jews
A rediscovered treasure, produced 50 years ago for local television to document the life of Hartford’s Jews in the first quarter of the 20th century, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society. The economic, political, and cultural history of Hartford Jews is told using hundreds of photographs found in local archives, alongside excerpts from taped interviews with prominent community members many will remember, and narration by Emma P. Cohen, Sadie E. Klau, Joseph Hurwitz, and Sylvia Sheketoff.
7 - 9 PM: Valiant Hearts
Inspired by true events. A group of six Jewish children separated from their parents make their way through Nazi-occupied France to relative safety in the Free Zone. In their perilous escape they are aided by members of the French Resistance, especially by an astonishing woman inspired by real-life art museum curator and spy Rose Valand, who throughout the war documented artwork stolen by Nazi officers. The children first hide at Château de Chambord among the hidden treasures of the Louvre, then cross the forest where they encounter danger, battle fear, fight for their survival, and learn the values of solidarity and friendship. The outstanding child actors carry much of this film by themselves.