|Dutch 12-year-old friends "Secrets of War," Summer 1943|
In 1943, two young best friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their bond put to the supreme test in this bittersweet ode to innocence lost.
Inseparable childhood friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their loyalty severely tested in the family-friendly, coming-of-age story. Summer 1943, 12-year-old best friends Tuur and Lambert are all but oblivious to the dangers of the war. Days are spent going to school and playing in the caves outside their idyllic village in Limburg. But the realities of war set in and begin to divide families. Tuur’s family joins the resistance movement, while Lambert’s parents, allied with the Nazi party, force him to join the Nazi Youth. Their relationship suffers a greater strain with the arrival of Maartje, a girl with a mysterious identity. As they compete for her attention, jealousy and betrayal set in motion a series of events that will alter their lives forever.
High school students in the Righteous Conversations Workshop bring to the screen Holocaust survivor, Curt Lowens’ story of escape and resistance during World War II in Holland, where he placed and cared for hundreds of Jewish children in hiding. Presented in partnership with Holland Hollywood and the Consulate General of the Netherlands
Mr. Curt Lowens, who survived WWII with the Dutch Resistance, will be honored with a humanitarian award and the screening of the short subject "A Life of Changes."
Mr. Lowens shares his concerns about the complacency of westerners towards the spread of the Islamic State / ISIS.
Mr. Lowens brings the Holocaust lesson that conditions of freedom and tolerance towards Jews can change in an instant.