NICKY'S FAMILY, the multi award winning movie, is an emotional retelling of the remarkable efforts one man took to rescue 669 Czech children from death during WWII. Sir Nicholas Winton was a young English businessman at the time; but when chance brought him to Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, he put aside his own pursuits and began organizing the many children of Jewish refugees to escape Nazi clutches. Once he had appointed himself the authority for such matters, Winton went to work arranging transport and placing these children in English homes.
I worked on NICKY'S FAMILY as the first assistant director.
"Winner of 40 Prestigious International Awards"
"Winton did not betray his own emotions, dutifully pursuing the cause of compassion with reserve, as Jewish parents mournfully sent their beloved children to safety in his hands. While this emotional journey of sacrifice is moving in its own right, the greater value of director Matej Mináč’s work is the exploration of where the survivors are now. Winton's legacy is one of self-sacrifice and humility that touches far more lives than anyone could ever have hoped."
Cleveland International Film Festival
Winton is now 104, and as active as can be while his staff continues work in harried places. Britain has knighted him, many call for a Nobel Peace Prize for him. Meanwhile here is this outstanding film, with a filmic jewel center, rightly to celebrate him.
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Despite such heartbreaking stories as that of a mother who voluntarily removed her young child from a train to prevent her from suffering an eventual fate, Nicky’s Family is that rare Holocaust documentary that is largely uplifting. And it’s particularly heartwarming to note that its central figure is still around to reap his deserved accolades.
Frank Scheck – Hollywood Reporter