Award-winning director presents his Holocaust film at Toronto première

TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - The North American première of the feature film Irena Sendler's Children (orig. Dzieci Ireny Sendlerowej) will be held in Toronto, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at 2:00 pm at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, with Emmy award-winning producer, director and co-author, John Kent Harrison present to discuss his experiences in making this moving epic.

Starring Oscar winners Anna Paquin and Marcia Gay Hayden and celebrated Polish actress Danuta Stenka, it's the true story of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who smuggled 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto and saved their lives. Arrested and tortured by the Nazis, Sendler was rescued just before her execution and lived in Poland until her death at 98. Yad Vashem recognized her as Righteous Among the Nations.

Canadian Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Harrison is known for big budget American TV movies and international miniseries, among which: Pope John Paul II, Helen of Troy, A Bear Named Winnie, What the Deaf Man Heard. Back in Toronto, where his first feature film also premiered, Harrison will be joined by Renata Zajdman, a consultant on the film, who was one of the saved children and became a close friend of Sendler's. A delegation of Righteous Among the Nations from Poland will also be present.

In Polish with English subtitles, the film is presented by the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada as part of Holocaust Education Week with free public admission.

SOURCE THE POLISH JEWISH HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF CANADA, TORONTO CHAPTER

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