Often referred to as “the Female Schindler,” Irena Sendler and her network of young female accomplices rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. As a social worker she was allowed into the ghetto to help combat disease, then quickly created an elaborate scheme that successfully saved the lives of over 2,500 children. They were smuggled out in toolboxes, bags, through sewers and secret passages, and then placed with Polish families and in convents. Irena kept meticulous, coded records of their identities so that they could be eventually reunited with their Jewish families. Remarkably, she lived to tell the tale, surviving capture, torture and even the death sentence.
Featuring the last interviews with Irena before she died, aged 98, with moving testimonies of some of the people she saved, this timely documentary is a remarkable testament to one of history’s great, unsung heroines. (Daniela Boban)