A quietly compelling tale . . .
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
If the story were pitched in Hollywood over iced caramel macchiatos, no one would buy it. After all, it's much too improbable or outright impossible.
Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Susan Jacobs, Jewish Journal Boston North
At once harrowing, uplifting and incredible, the close calls indeed prove that truth trumps fiction every time.
Michael Goldberger, CMD Media
No. 4 Street of Our Lady is not a political film; its message has more to do with the human spirit. It shows that anyone is capable of great and moral deeds, even at the darkest of hours.
Lee Chottiner, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
Among the documentaries showing at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, the most noteworthy is No. 4 Street of Our Lady.
Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant
It was magnificently done, a truly impressive work of journalism and artistry.
John Ward, publisher, Redbankgreen.com
This particular story is one for the ages.
It's a remarkable tale! My mother used to say "Oh, everybody who got out has got a story" but surely your family's ranks among the most remarkable of the remarkable.
Max Frankel, former executive editor, New York Times
What an amazing documentary! It taught me so much about my own family's past.
Sonia Nazario, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, Los Angeles Times
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. (And I am not one to gush.) It held my rapt attention from beginning to end . . . . The aesthetics were great: fabulous camera work and terrific music.
Lynda Schuster, journalist and author
I loved hearing the audience's sighs and gasps and murmurs.
Russell Frank, Centre Daily Times columnist
No. 4 Street of Our Lady is a 90-minute documentary that weighs in with gravitas . . . Visually powerful, it's a quiet story. It reaches deep. It feels huge.
Megan Hicks, blogger, Rappahannock Independent Film Festival
I would like to share one of my most memorable experiences from this year's festival. I made a date with my grandfather to see the documentary No.4 Street Our Lady. . . My grandfather is a Holocaust survivor, and does not enjoy seeing too many movies about the Holocaust. Yet, he does appreciate films that have different views on the war.
Lisa Kaminsky, blogger, Savannah Film Festival
I was spellbound. What a story! I have read quite a number of such survival stories but this one tops them all.
Jan Zwartendyk, son of Jan Zwartendyk Sr., the Dutch consul in Lithuanuia, who along with Chiune Siguhara, the Japanese consul, helped save more than 2,000 Jews during the Holocuast.
As you can imagine, I have seen countless films of this kind and while they are all extremely valuable documentations of survivor's experiences, few are as well-done and as moving.
Barbara Wind, director, Holocaust Council of MetroWest, N.J. and Real to Reel Film Series
People in York are still talking about the film. I can't recall any film receiving such acclaim and we're in the 9th year of our festival.
Linda Weiner-Seligson, director, York Jewish Film Festival
The sold-out evening when No. 4 Street of Our Lady premiered in Connecticut was the highlight of our festival . . . Francisca Halamajowa's actions deserve to be shouted from the rooftops.
Harriet Dobin, director, Hartford Jewish Film Festival
An amazingly honest, powerful, and loving look at family and the importance of doing the right thing! The greater Detroit community is still talking about the film two weeks after seeing it.
Shari Appelle-Lebo, director, Metropolitan Detroit Jewish Film Festival
Just saw this today at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando. What a powerful film. This lady is my new hero. She had chutzpa! Thank God for people like Francisca Halamajowa and her children!
Patrice Migliore Viscuso
Just saw your film at the Altoona Jewish Film Festival. This is an amazing piece of work.
I saw this in Sebastopol, CA last night. Can't stop thinking about it.
Thank you for bringing this to the screen. Saw this at the Salem Film Festival. Certainly the subject was riveting, but you brought this together in such an amazing way.
Just saw this film tonight at Penn State Great Valley.....an amazing, remarkable story. I will be telling everyone one about it and recommend they see it when they can.
Jayne Dyal Haggerty
I caught your film and discussion at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh. Thanks for your wonderful work.
Photographs for download: Click on the thumbnails below:
Chaim Maltz takes a moment to reflect at the Sokal train station, from where thousands of Jews were transported to their deaths.
Cinematographer Richie Sherman follows a survivor retracing a path he took escaping to No.4 Street of Our Lady.
Fay Malkin embraces her daughter Debbi up in the hayloft where she spent almost two years as a child.
Animals grazing around the ruins of the 300-year-old Sokal synagogue, on the site of the former ghetto.
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