Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES

Year: 1999
Country: United States
Run Time: 92 minutes

In central France in the 1700s a traveling band of Freemasons returned to their native region known as the Creuse bearing a radically enlightened philosophy from Paris ? the Universal Rights of Man, a secular-humanist ideal that took hold in the Creuse more firmly than any church and would be put to its ultimate trial 150 years later. With the Nazi Holocaust spreading throughout Axis-conquered Europe, a Jewish charity organization found a home in the obscure village of Chabannes for more than 400 refugee children. Ignoring all religious or ethnic differences, the gentile inhabitants welcomed the Jewish boys and girls, feeding, clothing, teaching, and integrating them into the society, even as fascist jackboots marched closer and the Vichy government began to cooperate with Hitler's executioners. In the spirit of "Schindler's List" and "Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg" (16th CIFF, 1992) THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES will acquaint you with unsung righteous heroes like rotund, mushroom-loving F?lix Chevrier, the defiant Paillassou sisters, and the ?unsophisticated? French provincials, who never believed official anti-Semite propaganda because, as illiterates, they ignored it in the mainstream right-wing press. Vive la France! (English and French with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Lisa Gossels.

Directors
Lisa Gossels, Dean Wetherell

Producer
Lisa Gossels, Dean Wetherell.

Cinematography
Mustapha Barat, Philippe Bonneir.

Editing
Lisa Gossels, Dean Wetherell.

Principal Cast
Narrator: Lisa Gossels.

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