Into the Arms of Strangers (2000)
This Academy Award-winning documentary, directed by Oscar-winner Mark Jonathan Harris (The Long Way Home) and narrated by Dame Judi Dench, tells the story of the kindertransport that Mona Golabek’s mother was a part of. In the 1930s, England recognized the horrors occurring in Nazi-occupied Europe and agreed to accept thousands of children as refugees into their country, placing them in hostels and foster homes. Hear the stories of those children—now elderly—who tell of being sent away from the place they grew up to find a new place called home.
The Pianist (2002)
Nothing can attest more to the deep connection of music in times of war than director Roman Polanski’s breathtaking and heartbreaking tale of Jewish-Polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpillman (brilliantly portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Adrien Brody). Szpillman’s uniquely survived the horrors of Nazi-occupied Warsaw by hiding out in the ruins of the ghettos. An unforgettable and wholly authentic account of a heroic talent, incredible perseverance, and the refuge of music in the worst of times.
Music of the Heart (1999)
Meryl Streep heads up a star-studded cast including Angela Bassett and Aidan Quinn to tell the story of a woman who wants to share her talent with the next generation. Roberta Guaspari lived in East Harlem teaching violin to inner-city children with great success—until the budget cuts came. Together with community members, Guaspari must fight for the good of her students in this inspiring testament to the power of music to bring us all together.