The story of a unique and courageous figure, Sir Nicholas Winton and his remarkable rescue mission that remained untold for nearly half a century. Called “Britain’s Schindler” by former PM Tony Blair, Winton was the brains and organisational force behind the Czech Kindertransport that saved 669 children in the first six months of 1939, running operations from a hotel room in downtown Prague until the start of the war forced the end of the programme.
A modest English stockbroker of German-Jewish heritage, Winton’s incredible story has only come to light in recent years. Slovak director Matej Minac, whose mother was one of Winton’s Kinder, has made a powerful part-dramatisation, part-documentary film that revisits the topic that won him an International Emmy in 2002 (All My Loved Ones). Fresh from its Audience Award success at this summer’s prestigious Karlovy Vary IFF, Nicky’s Family is an unashamedly heart-on-its-sleeve tale of tragedy, hope and bravery against the odds.