This stirring, award-winning Spanish drama tells the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (Noémie Schmidt), founder of the Mothers of Elne, a maternity home in the south of France on the Spanish border. In order to save pregnant refugees fleeing Franco’s regime in Spain and Vichy refugee camps, Eidenbenz transforms an old villa into a birth clinic and, remarkably, creates a safe haven for children and mothers. When French authorities demand she turn over the home’s Jews, Eidenbenz and her staff must make a decision that could endanger everyone in the maternity. By the end of the war, Elisabeth and her female staff had saved the lives of hundreds of mothers and children.
Director: Silvia Quer | Spain | 2018 | 96 minutes | Spanish, Catalan & French with English subtitles
Massachusetts premiere, just in time for Mothers Day.
Introduction by Brandeis professor Sabine von Mering.
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465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
$13.00 senior, student
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