'VIETNAM NURSES' Courage to Care, Courage to Act Film Festival

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Title:   Courage to Care, Courage to Act Film Festival
Country:   International
Bullying, discrimination, intolerance, prejudice, racism!  These issues are dealt with in a major exhibition coming to the Lake Kawana Community Centre from 9th May - 17th June 2007.

In conjunction with the Courage to Cate Exhibition, Nambour Cinema will be screening five films that highlight the exhibition's theme:  An individual can make a difference, and the smallest act of kindness does matter!

Saturday 19th May at 2.30pm (followed by discussion)
Arriving in Saigon amidst the stifling heat and the overwhelming US military presence, six young Australian army nurses found themselves hit with the reality of the Vietnam War. Based at Vung Tau, the only Australian field hospital, the nurses were little prepared for the horrific injuries they were to confront.  Even for those with trauma experience, it was a huge learning curve.  From the thrill of riding in a chopper across the beautiful Vietnamese countryside, to the life and death situations they faced in theatre and intensive care, the women tell the untold stories of their Vietnam War.           (55 minutes)
Saturday 19th May at 4.30pm
(Special guest, Nora Huppert, who was a child on the Kindertransport from Prague to England )
Nicholas Winton, an ordinary old English gentleman who enjoys gardening, has only recently told his story of saving hundreds of children from Nazi death camps.  Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicholas Winton organized eight transports to take children from Prague to new homes in Great Britain.  For half a century he didn't even tell his wife about his actions.  His story went overlooked until, while cleaning the attic in 1998, she discovered an old scrap book with lists of names and photographs of the children that he had rescued from Hitler's Reich.  The story became widely publicised when Winton was invited on to the television show, That's Life, for a surprise, emotional reunion with many of the rescued children.
Writer/director Matej Minac's documentary resonates with hope and light.  Using interviews with the children now grown old and Winton himself, archival footage, photographs and sparing reconstructions, we learn how such a philanthropic act came about.             (65 minutes)
Saturday 19th May at 7.00pm
Whitwell is a small, rural community of less than two thousand people nestled in the mountains of Tennessee.  In 1998, the children of Whitwell Middle School took on an inspiring project, launched out of their principal's desire to help her students open their eyes to the diversity of the world beyond their insulated valley.  What happened would change the students, their teachers, their families and the entire town forever… and eventually open hearts and minds around the world.
Paper Clips is the moving and inspiring documentary film that captures how these students responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honour every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis.  Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute.  Their plan was simple but profound. The amazing result, a memorial railcar filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.    (90 minutes)
Admissions SATURDAY ONLY:   All tickets $7.50 or purchase a package - 2 movies $12,  3 movies $17
Sunday 20th May at 4.30pm
Daniel is a renowned international conductor, who suffered a painful childhood in his native town of Norrland, in far north Sweden.  There, he was bullied by his school mates, while he was trying to develop a musical career.  After suffering a heart attack following one of his concerts, Daniel returns to his childhood village and it doesn't take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practises every Thursday in the parish hall.  He can't say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. The choir develops and grows. He makes both friends and enemies. And he finds love.                   (135minutes)
Language:  Swedish / English /Italian
Admission:    Adults $12   Concessions $9   Film Club Members $8.50
When:   Friday 18th Saturday 19th Sunday 20th May 2007
Friday 18th May at 6.45pm
Starting in 1944 in the wake of the Liberation and continuing into the '60s, 'houses of hope' were established to lend a semblance of continuity to youngsters orphaned by the war.  La Maison de Nina takes place between September 1944 and January 1946 in an orphanage housed in a chateau outside Paris.  At the outset, the country residence is run by Nina who has a core population of French Jewish children whose parents are probably dead.  Food is scarce.  News of the concentration camps hasn't hit yet, but some months later, a contingent of young refugees arrives from the liberated camps.  These children are a disparate, wild, damaged group and conflicts ensue.  Nina's challenge is to help them make their first delicate moves toward the future and in the process restore all of them, including herself, to life.        (112 minutes)
Language:  French with English subtitles
Admission:    Adults $12   Concessions $9   Film Club Members $8.50
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